Senior politicians from Belfast, Dublin and London will meet this week to discuss the Union flag protests in Belfast, after more than 40 days of road blocks and sporadic violence by loyalists have failed to produce a solution.
Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and his deputy Martin McGuinness will join Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and Ireland's Deputy Leader Eamon Gilmore.
Mr Gilmore said the violence "has nothing to do with real issues around flags and identity in a shared society", and claimed those behind it "are known criminals, intent on creating chaos"
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.