Former archbishop seeks Northern Ireland peace breakthrough

By staff writers
23 Dec 2013

Former Church of Ireland (Anglican) archbishop Dr Robin Eames has called for progress on a conclusive Northern Ireland peace deal.

Dr Eams, who co-chaired a previous attempt to deal with the legacy of the Troubles, says he hopes the Haass talks will produce agreement and help heal the divisions of the past.

The ex-archbishop says that the dark legacy of the past needs to be unravelled once and for all.

His comments come as delegates from the five main political parties in Northern Ireland meet at the Stormont Hotel in east Belfast for the latest round of talks with former US diplomat Richard Haass.

Mr Haass, who is keen to secure a deal before Christmas, submitted a third draft set of proposals on Sunday 22 December 2013.

The proposals cover how to deal with parades, flags and the fall out from more than 3,000 deaths during the long conflict.

Dr Eames said yesterday: “I believe this Haass process has the opportunity now... to put these things to bed.”

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