NIGEL DODDS ESCE ALLO SCOPERTO
Nigel Dodds, ministro delle finanze, ha rilasciato importanti dichiarazioni oggi.
Dodds, uomo chiave del DUP e da molti considerato il delfino di Robinson, non ha negato che, lunedì nello scrutinio segreto interno al partito, quattordici membri dell’assemblea di Stormont abbiano votato contro l’accordo lunedì. Eppure ha dichiarato che Robinson è “un leader unionista di prima classe” e che “tutto il partito lo supporterà”. Il ministro ha infine criticato alcuni media e le loro ” speculazioni e insinuazioni”, smentendo minacce di dimissioni in caso di accordo con lo Sinn Fein.
Il tavolo di lavoro andrà avanti per tutta la settimana. Non è chiaro lo stato dei colloqui, ma fortemente in bilico è il supporto dell’UUP. Gordon Brown ha avuto in giornata un colloquio con Sir Empey per sondare l’opinione del suo partito.
Party totally behind leader on policing issues – DUP (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The DUP has ginven “total support” to its leadership on outstanding issues over the devolution of justice powers, deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said.
However Mr Dodds did not deny a BBC report that 14 MLAs voted against the Hillsborough proposals in a secret ballot on Monday.He said Peter Robinson was a “first class unionist leader” who enjoyed “full support” of the party.
Talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein may now go on until the end of the week.
It is understood Prime Minister Gordon Brown phoned Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey on Tuesday, as his support for any deal is seen as critical.
An internal DUP meeting on Monday was said to have been stormy, with a secret ballot ending in a 60/40 split in favour of the deal.Mr Dodds said “speculation and innuendo” was being peddled by “some sections of the media”. He denied some members had threatened to resign.
Talks between his party and Sinn Fein appeared to end early afternoon on Tuesday, when the DUP negotiating team left Hillsborough.
The DUP’s Sammy Wilson declined to comment on whether or not there were party divisions at his party’s meeting on Monday. “You have within any organisation your internal discussions (and) when you reach conclusions which impact on the public, then you go out and you give the outcome of those conclusions and that’s what we did yesterday,” Mr Wilson said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Sinn Fein’s Alex Maskey said his party was satisfied that a deal could be concluded and “needed to be concluded quickly to build on progress”.
Asked if Sinn Fein was under pressure from the two governments to facilitate the DUP, he said: “I don’t believe we are under pressure from any quarter.
“Suffice to say that we fully understand that the people we all represent are very anxious that these institutions are stable, that they operate on the basis that everybody is an equal citizen and we do in here what we were elected to do.”
Mr Maskey refused to be drawn on speculation about internal difficulties within the DUP.
Sinn Fein and the DUP have been arguing over the timing of the transfer of justice powers to Belfast.
Sinn Fein wants the powers transferred immediately.
The DUP has said that can only happen when there is “community confidence” among unionists.
The talks represent the longest period of sustained negotiations since the peace process began in the 1990s.