"It is very unlikely there will be any kind of a deal today", said David Ford, leader of the Alliance Party at Stormont on Friday 13 November.
David Ford added: "It looks like we won't see anything until next week, and that is intensely frustrating. The people of Northern Ireland want to see these institutions work and want to see ministers meeting round the executive table, they want to see real achievements, and we are not there yet."
The five main parties and the British and Irish governments have been in talks since August.
They are expected to come to an agreement 'early' next week over issues dealing with the legacy of the troubles, finance, welfare, and paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.