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Villiers: Do not let this opportunity slip away

Ahead of the commencement of tomorrow's talks, Secretary of State urges politicians not to let this opportunity to secure a bright future for Northern Ireland slip away

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Earlier this afternoon Ms Villiers said:

These talks are crucial for Northern Ireland. We must deal with continued activity by paramilitary organisations and bring about the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.

I recognise the scale of the task ahead. We are dealing with very difficult issues.

But Northern Ireland’s political leaders have achieved great things over the past twenty years working together. That same spirit needs to be brought into these talks.

We must not let this opportunity to build a brighter, more secure future for Northern Ireland slip away.

Published 20 September 2015