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Minister and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meet all NI Executive Parties in Belfast

Minister Charles Flanagan, Northern Ireland Peace Process, Press Releases, Northern Ireland, 2014

 

Minister and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland meet all NI Executive Parties in Belfast to review progress and set priorities for the next phase of Talks

 

Earlier today, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D., Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, and all NI Executive parties met in Belfast to review collectively progress in the talks to date and to examine the way forward.

 

Speaking from Stormont House following the meeting, Minister Flanagan said:

 

"This morning provided a good opportunity to examine collectively progress in the talks to date and to identify those areas where further work is required in order to make progress over the coming weeks.  We established a good basis on which to proceed for the next phase of the talks and I look forward to a further round of productive one-on-one meetings with each of the parties and with the Secretary of State later today and tomorrow. Following these meetings, both Governments will be in a good position to assess the scope for possible agreement and the forms of engagement that are most likely to achieve progress and advance agreement in the best interests of the people of the island".

 

Minister Flanagan will return to Belfast next week for a further round of talks.  Both he and Secretary of State Villiers are due to report back to the Taoiseach and Prime Minister Cameron respectively on the talks by 28 November.

 

 

ENDS

Press Office

5 November 2014