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NI talks on policing and justice set to continue

Gordon Brown and Brian Cowen
The two leaders met at Downing Street

Talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein on the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland will resume at Stormont Castle on Friday.

Both Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and DUP leader Peter Robinson were involved in the discussions on Thursday night.

Speaking beforehand, Mr Adams said the talks remained at a "serious, focused and sensitive point".

Earlier, PM Gordon Brown said it was vital for them to find a solution.

Mr Brown, who held talks in London with his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen on Thursday, said the British and Irish governments would do whatever it took to support their efforts.

He said he was hopeful that a deal could be reached, however, he added that nothing was yet certain.

"We take nothing for granted, this has been a period of great turbulence in the politics of Northern Ireland," the prime minister said.

Mr Cowen said outstanding issues between the parties were ready for agreement.

"The issues have been under discussion for some time and in our view are ready for agreement and resolution," he said.

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