The Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams, has said there should be no preconditions placed on the political talks due to be held in Scotland.

Northern Ireland's main parties along with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be attending three days of discussions in St Andrews next week.

The talks are aimed at restoring devolved government at Stormont before the 24 November deadline.

Speaking in Belfast, Mr Adams said the dispute over allowing the IRA fugitives, the so called 'on the runs', to return and live openly in Ireland should not thwart the negotiations in Scotland.

The big issue Mr Adams said, was to get the working institutions back in place.