But last night ministerial sources at Westminster said the conditions for a resumption of the IRA ceasefire were unacceptable, and it could herald a renewed bombing campaign in Britain.
"We would not have a country or a party behind us if we accepted their terms. It's completely out of the question," said one minister.
The attempts to bring about a breakthrough in the peace talks will be on the agenda today at a meeting between Irish and British ministers in Belfast. Colin Brown
t The former Irish prime minster Albert Reynolds faced a pounds 1m legal costs bill, despite winning a libel action against the Sunday Times.
A High Court jury found in his favour but awarded him zero damages, and he had already refused a pounds 5,005 payment into court by the paperReuse content