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Peace talks in Belfast fail to reach deal
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Richard Haass and Harvard professor Meghan O'Sullivan speak to the media as they arrive for political talks at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Richard Haass and Harvard professor Meghan O'Sullivan speak to the media as they arrive for political talks at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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LONDON: Overnight talks in Belfast have failed to produce an agreement to resolve deep-seated divisions over parades and flags that triggered widespread rioting in Northern Ireland.

Richard Haass, director of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and ex-President George W. Bush's envoy to Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2003, led the multiparty talks.

The hope was that he could forge a compromise plan by the end of the year on areas of bitter dispute: parades, British and Irish flags and emblems, and remembering the dead from Northern Ireland's four-decade conflict.

Talks ended at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday without agreement.

Haass - who now will go back to the U.S. - insisted the process is "still alive" and said he might return to Belfast before the end of the year.

 
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