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Loyalist leaders call for end to 'wanton destruction' in east Belfast

17 January 2013 Last updated at 19:15 GMT

Loyalist paramilitary leaders in east Belfast have called for an end to violence.

They issued a statement on Thursday afternoon along with church leaders and community representatives.

They appealed for peace following weeks of violence after Belfast City Council voted to restrict the number of days the union flag flies over City Hall.

Julian O'Neill reports for BBC Newsline.