SF and PUP to hold ground-breaking talks in Derry today

Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party are due to hold ground-breaking talks in Derry today.

Sinn Féin and the Progressive Unionist Party are due to hold ground-breaking talks in Derry today.

The meeting is the first ever between the two parties, which represent militant republicans and loyalists who were bitter enemies during the Troubles.

In a joint statement, the two sides say they are both part of a society that is moving away from conflict and building a shared future based on equality.

They say it is important to show leadership and take risks in building a better future.

Meanwhile, Northern Secretary Peter Hain has agreed to appear today before the Stormont committee discussing the restoration of devolution.

The appearance comes as the Irish and British governments prepare a fresh push to restore the power-sharing institutions before the November 24 deadline set out earlier this year.

The so-called Preparation for Government Committee has been meeting throughout the summer identifying obstacles to restoring the power-sharing executive.

Mr Hain had initially declined an invitation to attend, but has now agreed to do so.

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