Unionist Forum to address union flag controversy

Tuesday 18 December 2012 19.19
The forum will be convened by Peter Robinson and Mike Nesbitt
The forum will be convened by Peter Robinson and Mike Nesbitt

A Unionist Forum aimed at addressing the union flag controversy is to be established.

It will be convened by the leaders of the two main Unioinist Parties, Peter Robinson and Mike Nesbitt and will also include other unionist politicians and interested groups.

Its aim is to engage the entire unionist community to address issues of concern like those which led to recent street protests and violence.

Northern Ireland's Stormont Assembly passed a motion condemning recent street violence and intimidation.

Earlier this month, councillors agreed by 29 votes to 21 to bring City Hall into line with Stormont and other government buildings in Northern Ireland to fly the union flag on designated days.

Hundreds of protesters tried to storm city hall following the vote, and there have been violent and peaceful protests on the streets of Belfast since.