Ahern rules out immediate peace breakthrough

Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said he does not think there would be an immediate breakthrough in the Northern Ireland peace process.

He told the Dail this afternoon that round-table discussions might not be worthwhile in the absence of "more moves" by the parties involved.

Mr Ahern was speaking just before he flies to London for talks with Tony Blair aimed at assessing the prospects for resolving outstanding issues in the North.

"I don't really believe we are in an imminent breakthrough situation," he said. "I do not share the view that it is just a matter of saying that the British government have to move on these issues. I think there is more to it than that. The parties are aware of what is on offer."