Robinson : political channel offered to protestors
The Unionist Forum set up by NI's two main unionist leaders is to meet for the first time on Thursday.
DUP leader Peter Robinson and Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt set up the forum in a bid to address the ongoing flag protests.
A campaign of street protests has taken place since Belfast City Council voted to fly the union flag over the city hall only on designated days.
The leaders hope to channel the protests through political means.
First Minister Peter Robinson spoke to BBC Newsline's Gareth Gordon about the situation.