Published Thursday, 26 December 2013
Dr Richard Haass has welcomed submissions from a wide range of groups. (© Presseye)
The former US Envoy left Belfast on Tuesday morning after an overnight round-table session with the five Executive parties failed to produce a deal before Christmas.
But he said he and co-chair Dr Meghan O'Sullivan would consider returning if they believed an eleventh hour deal could yet be struck.
The US team are now set to fly back to Belfast to resume the talks on Saturday.
According to journalist Brian Rowan, individual meetings will be held with the parties followed by a round-table discussion, with the negotiations likely to continue into Sunday and Monday.
He explained: "In the early hours of Christmas Eve, Doctors Haass and O'Sullivan made clear that their deadline would not stretch beyond the end of this calendar year.
"They have meetings planned throughout Saturday into Sunday and through to Monday. We know at this stage that they are not close to a deal on flags. The plan is that issue, along with others, will be pushed into a commission and a longer-term process.
"What would represent success for the US team would be getting agreement on their proposed package for addressing the past.
"That would include a new Historical Investigations Unit, an Independent Commission for Information Retrieval using limited immunity, and an implementation and reconciliation unit.
"It would mean much of the Eames/Bradley package of 2009 would be brought back into play."
It is expected that a fifth draft of Dr Haass' proposals will be handed to the parties this weekend ahead of the New Year's Eve deadline for agreement.
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