October 20, 2015 / 1:24 PM / 2 years ago

N. Ireland minister says "some hope" for talks on political crisis

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers speaks on the fourth day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester northern Britain, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Northern Ireland minister Theresa Villiers said on Tuesday she held out “some hope” of a successful resolution to talks aimed at averting a collapse of the province’s power-sharing government, but that such an outcome was not guaranteed.

“There are some significant gaps between the parties still... But it is, I believe, the case that all of the five parties taking part in the talks want to make devolution work,” she told parliament.

“I have some hope that we may have a successful outcome but it is not guaranteed.”

Reporting by William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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