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Ulster Unionist Party Leader comments ahead of final phase of Haass talks

Ulster Unionist Party leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA has commented ahead of the final phase of the Haass talks.

Mike Nesbitt said:

"The Ulster Unionist Party accepts the ongoing challenge of seeking a fair and agreed outcome to the Haass talks and re-commit ourselves to this final phase of the process.

"In our opinion, the test of any proposal is whether it represents doing what's right for Northern Ireland, and that will be measured in whether it is fair to all our citizens and advances society in a manner that does not disrespect the rights and needs of victims and survivors, nor disregards the rule of law.

"Dr Haass and Professor O'Sullivan come to us from a nation whose Declaration of Independence enshrined as unalienable rights "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness". These are values that should find expression in any outcomes this weekend, liberating all to pursue happiness in the expression of their culture or identity, be that British or Irish.

"As one of five parties to this process, we cannot guarantee agreement, but we can and do pledge to do all we can, as we did to bring about the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement in 1998."

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