SDLP leader Mark Durkan has ruled out a merger between the SDLP and a southern partner.
"Our position on the issue of political realignment is what it always has been.
"We`re not pursuing mergers with parties in the South.
"What the SDLP is pursuing is getting the Good Friday Agreement restored, getting not only the institutions re-established but other institutions such as the North South Interparliamentary Forum and the North South Consultative Forum set up.
"Those will provide natural and organic realignment over time, realignment that will express itself in terms that are not about blunt mergers."