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Last day of Haass talks: Villiers encouraged over prospects for agreement

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The Secretary of State wishes all the Northern Ireland parties well as the talks chaired by Dr Haass enter their final few hours.

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Theresa Villiers said:

I’m sure all of us here in Northern Ireland wish the parties well in the final hours of the Haass process.

I hope all sides will be able to show flexibility to make an agreement possible on these divisive issues.

From my many conversations on this over recent days, I am encouraged about the prospects for agreement, although some key issues are yet to be resolved, particularly on the past.

Published 30 December 2013