A girlfriend for a fresh round of political talks to restore power sharing in Northern Ireland wishes be set in the next few days, a DUP MP has said.
Gregory Campbell told BBC Radio Foyle he watches the date to be “within the next 10 days”.
But Sinn Féin foretold: “Another round of talks for talks sake have no political or special-interest group credibility.”
Discussions between the DUP and Sinn Féin ground to a halt in October.
Northern Ireland has been without an numero uno since January when the two parties split in a bitter row.
They hold failed to find a resolution in spite of several rounds of talks.
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“It will be the case that there intention be more talks,” Mr Campbell said.
“Hopefully they will be more bountiful than they have been recently and gaps have been narrowed.
“The date will be arranged in the next few days and then I would clothed thought the talks will certainly occur within the next 10 days.”
Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd chance: “After the last phase of talks failed Sinn Féin met with both the taoiseach (Irish prime delegate) and british prime minister to make clear that it is now their duty to bring forward proposals for meaningful talks which have settlement as an objective and can reach a successful conclusion.
“The focus must therefore be on the implementation of aforesaid agreements and the delivery of a rights based society rather than venue or process which devise not resolve these fundamental difficulties.”