Jeffrey Donaldson has quashed any rumors of a rift in his party over the ongoing negotiations on the devolution of policing and justice affairs, but has stated that the DUP will not be rushed into doing a deal.

Donaldson denied that a number of DUP party members, deputy leader Nigel Dodds allegedly among them, were against the set of proposals presented to reach an agreement in the negotiations over devolution with Sinn Fein.

Donaldson said all party members were behind leader Peter Robinson in the talks and that they would take whatever time necessary to reach the right agreement.

Both the British and Irish governments have encouraged the DUP and Sinn Fein to keep working on an agreement in an effort to find an agreement as soon as possible.

The talks continue Wednesday.