Richard Haass, a former US diplomat, is expected to chair another round of discussions today with Northern Ireland's five main political parties over disagreements around the Union flag, disputed parades and the past.
Dr Haass has been in contact with the parties over the festive break after attempt to resolve the dispute failed in the lead up to Christmas.
Separate talks with representatives of the five main political parties are likely before full round-table negotiations on a fresh set of proposals.
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