Northern Irish Peace Talks Break up Without Accord

Former U.S. Diplomat Richard Haass
Former U.S. Diplomat Richard Haass said, “All have some concerns.” Photographer: Peter Muhly/AFP via Getty Images

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Northern Irish talks aimed at preventing a repeat of the worst sectarian violence since the 1990s broke up without an accord.

Discussions between the region’s political parties halted after they failed to reach agreement on a final set of proposals.

“In some instances, we profoundly disapprove of the language,” Jeffrey Donaldson, a spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party, said in comments broadcast by Dublin-based broadcaster RTE today.

Former U.S. diplomat Richard Haass chaired talks on issues ranging from parades to protests and flags to emblems after confrontations and riots reminiscent of the worst scenes of the Troubles paralyzed Belfast in July and August.

“All have some concerns,” in relation to the proposals, said Haass, who led the U.S.’s peace efforts in the region between 2001 and 2003.

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