The DUP lays out some of its own conditions before any face to face contact will made with Sinn Fein:
The DUP is demanding that the requirement for a “mandatory” coalition administration underpinned by legislation should be dropped. It wants changes on how the First and Deputy First Ministers are appointed and greater accountability built into a new Assembly format.
Its list of demands also includes “greater balance” in the share-out of public appointments, following recent controversy over the Equality and Human Rights Commissions.
Other stipulations include:
Massive cash injections for inner-city loyalist areas;
“Fair and proper” funding for victims’ groups;
Concessions on water charges and increased rates.
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