US Envoy Seeks Solution In North – America’s diplomat of the newest Troubles, Richard Haass, has been in Belfast these days seeing if his presence can have a salutary effect on the troubled relationship between the nationalist and unionist communities in the North. The original, if unrealistic, timetable, called for some type of agreement by December but there is little to no chance of that happening.
It seems entirely possible that after the New Year some type of accommodation can be hammered out on major grievances such as flags, parades, protests, etc. but the simmering and sticky quest for parity of esteem is attitudinal and dangerously tied to the past. History is clearly the most difficult stumbling block of all, and remains the poison pill of genuine reconciliation among the tribes. Read more