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Villiers urges NI political leaders to go the extra mile

With the political talks entering their 9th week, Secretary of State urges parties to show strong leadership in the coming days. Ms Villiers said:

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We are entering a crucial few days. There’s a huge amount at stake as we roll up our sleeves for what we hope will be the conclusion of this process. The credibility and effectiveness of the devolved institutions is on the line. I cannot stress enough how important it is for all talks participants to go the extra mile.

In the past Northern Ireland’s political leaders have shown great courage in moving forward on some very difficult and sensitive issues, and I believe the will is there to do so again now. The UK Government is doing all it can to help deliver an agreement. This is the week for Northern Ireland’s politicians to demonstrate strong leadership and engage earnestly and positively in the interests of securing stable and effective government for all in Northern Ireland.

Published 9 December 2014