The Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has appealed for calm to allow talks to make progress, as clashes between loyalist and republican protesters continue in Belfast. Mr Nesbitt said:
Street violence from so-called unionists, no matter what age, advances nothing but the cause of Irish nationalism.
It is high time those involved in rioting realised they are destroying the very cause the hope to promote.
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.