Deputy First Minister says he recognises next few weeks will be ‘fraught’ & calls for steady l’ship from politicians pic.twitter.com/L4OxR0jyzt
— Marc Mallett (@MarcMallett_UTV) July 3, 2014
The DUP and UUP have said that they are ending their participation in the leaders’ talks, branding them “fruitless”.
The joint unionist statement adds: “We have bound ourselves together to defend our community and culture from the callous disregard of those who pander to republican demands.
“We will not see our communities destroyed, police and civilians injured, and young people left with criminal records.” The statement claims that the Parades Commission has rewarded “republican threats of violence”.