Page last updated at 18:42 GMT, Saturday, 16 January 2010

More talks on Northern Ireland policing quandary

Stormont Castle
The parties have been holding talks at Stormont Castle

Sinn Fein and the DUP are to hold further talks at Stormont on Monday over the devolution of policing and justice, Gerry Adams has said.

Speaking during talks on Saturday the party president said he did not expect an imminent breakthrough and the talks remained a "work in progress".

The parties are at loggerheads over the issue and earlier, the DUP's assembly team was briefed on progress.

Both parties have released few details about the Stormont negotiations.

It has emerged that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a telephone conversation with Deputy First Minister McGuinness on Friday about the policing and justice negotiations.

Sinn Fein want the powers transferred immediately, while the DUP says community confidence is essential.

In particular, the DUP is understood to want an agreement on how contentious parades should be handled in future.

Sinn Fein has said the devolution of policing and justice is a separate issue and the two should not be linked.



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