“We believe that the parties can move forward”

According to a short statement in the BBC report, the NIO have waved play on in the aftermath of the various statements.. which should mean that the Ard Fheis is next

The Northern Ireland Office in a statement said: “It is positive that the leadership of both Sinn Fein and the DUP have accepted and welcomed the prime minister’s assessment as set out in his statement today. We believe that the parties can move forward on that basis within the timeframe of the St Andrews Agreement.”

Update Looks like another Ard Chomhairle meeting first [on Tuesday? – Ed]

Mr Adams said: “The ard chomhairle will obviously have to judge whether or not the DUP’s response today amounts to a positive acceptance of what Mr Blair has said. Let the dust settle on this. However, the officer board of our party will meet next Tuesday to look at all of this.”


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