The Parades Commission in Northern Ireland has said that violence during the forthcoming loyalist marching season was not inevitable.

It has called for increased dialogue to diffuse tensions following several months of Union flag protests.

Chairman of the Commission Peter Osborne said they want people to make different choices; a choice of engagement, a choice of respect for others, and a choice of law and order.

He said it was up to the police to take action over Union flag protests and said the Commission had no role to play in the majority of the demonstrations.