Haass will return to US after North talks marathon
Talks on Northern Ireland's future were continuing late last night in an attempt to break a deadlock in negotiations which has lasted for several weeks.
With five Belfast parties locked in intensive talks chaired by former US diplomat Richard Haass, Washington urged compromise, warning negotiations were "at a critical juncture".
Dr Haass, who was accompanied by his special adviser, Harvard professor Meghan O'Sullivan, insisted that yesterday was his last day of talks, saying he would fly back to the US later today.
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said she was encouraged about the prospects for agreement though some key issues had yet to be resolved.