The leaders of Northern Ireland's five main political parties have agreed to hold further talks next week on their disagreement about the future of Dr Richard Haass’s proposals.

They met at Stormont this afternoon to discuss how they might deal with recommendations made by the US diplomat on problem areas of the peace process.

Following a one-hour meeting at the Stormont office of First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson, they agreed to reconvene next week for further discussions.

The attendees at this afternoon's meeting included Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Alliance leader David Ford, Alasdair McDonnell of the SDLP and the UUP's Mike Nesbitt.