Key Northern Ireland parties plan to meet next week in an intensifying effort to rescue the Good Friday peace agreement, the American architect of the landmark accord said Thursday.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell said that, based on recent meetings with local parties, "It is now appropriate to move to the next and more intensive phase of the review."
He did not specify if both Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists would attend Monday's meeting, but Britain's Northern Ireland Office said that would be a top priority.
The deadlock reached a crisis in July when the major Protestant party, the Ulster Unionists, boycotted an attempt to elect a four-party Cabinet for Northern Ireland. Much of the Good Friday accord depends on the establishment of that central arm of government.