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Northern Ireland

Asked if the prospects for an agreement on Northern Ireland had improved in recent days, the PMOS said that preliminary discussions had taken place at Stormont last week on which the parties would no doubt spend this week reflecting. The British and Irish Governments were in close contact both with the key players and with each other. In the meantime, preparations for the talks at Leeds Castle between 16 and 18 September were continuing. The Prime Minister remained of the view that a deal was there to be done which would address the key issues, namely an end to paramilitary activity, the decommissioning of weapons and a commitment to an inclusive Government in which all sides of the community would be involved. We believed it was possible for a deal to be done. However, it was obviously necessary to undertake all the hard work first before such a thing could happen. That was precisely what we were engaged in doing at this moment.

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