A special meeting between representatives from unionist and loyalist communities has started at the Northern Ireland Assembly as politicians try to stop violence protests in Belfast.
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt are chairing the discussion which will focus on the restriction of the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.
Twenty-nine police officers were injured during sectarian riots between republicans and loyalists in east Belfast today.
The union flag will be raised at dawn over Belfast City Hall for the first time since the dispute began last month.
Police were attacked for a third night, with frontline officers reportedly coming under gunfire as new loyalist trouble erupted in Belfast.