Tuesday, February 16, 1999 Published at 18:10 GMT
Northern Ireland assembly deal
David Trimble and Seamus Mallon brokered the deal
Northern Ireland Assembly members have endorsed proposals for a new system of government in the province.
Mr Trimble said he was happy at the outcome but he warned that parties linked to paramilitary bodies must disarm before the new administration came into effect.
Sinn Fein rejects Mr Trimble's claim that it cannot sit in the new executive or cabinet for the province until the IRA disarms.
Mr Trimble is due to hold separate meetings with the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams on Wednesday in a bid to break the deadlock.
The adoption of the plan, which will see the transfer of certain administrative powers from London to Belfast, marks an important step towards devolution for the troubled province.
Some unionists had threatened to vote against it because of the IRA's refusal to begin decommissioning its weapons.
They argued that approving the proposals would allow Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam to trigger the setting up of an executive or cabinet and let Sinn Fein into government without the IRA decommissioning.
In the end one member of Mr Trimble's Ulster Unionist Party voted against the plan, but the Democratic Unionist Party was wholeheartedly opposed.
'Betraying the union'
"The start of decommissioning does not entitle those IRA men to sit in any government in Northern Ireland," Mr Paisley said, referring to Sinn Fein.
Claiming the support of "50% of ordinary unionist people" in the province, Mr Paisley warned Mr Trimble and his followers would "betray the union".
Adams welcomes vote
"None of us can afford to let this agreement go down," he said.
On the issue of weapons, Mr Adams urged: "Let us deal with decommissioning as a problem to be resolved, not as a condition."
But he described his meeting with the prime minister as "a good discussion".
The assembly vote paves the way for the setting up 10 ministerial departments and six cross-border bodies with representation from the UK and the Irish Republic.