Monday, August 30, 1999 Published at 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
UK: Northern Ireland
Blair urged to act over expulsions
Unionists question Sinn Fein's position after further expulsions
Unionists are pressing for an early meeting with the UK prime minister to discuss the crisis in the peace process as more young people are ordered to leave Northern Ireland by paramilitaries.
UUP security spokesman Ken Maginnis again called on Mr Blair to replace Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam because she is not ''competent'' to do her job.
And several youths were told this weekend that if they did not leave Northern Ireland immediately they would be shot by the IRA.
Meanwhile, the Loyalist Volunteer Force announced it would hand over more weapons. The group gave a quantity of weapons to the Commission on Decommissioning for destruction in December 1998.
''During the past year I have experienced (Mo Mowlam) making no considered judgements. I believe she doesn't understand the nature of guerilla warfare (or) what she is being told by her official intelligence sources.''
Mr Maginnis said that next month's review of the failure of the Good Friday Agreement to deliver a devolved government for Northern Ireland Ireland was ''absolutely essential''.
He said he expected former peace talks chairman George Mitchell to give a ''considered analysis''.
The Ulster Unionist assembly party will meet on Tuesday to discuss its position on taking part in the review, due to begin on 6 September.
But his deputy, John Taylor, has questioned the value of talking to Sinn Fein and his party is considering legal action against Ms Mowlam over her ceasefire decision.
UUP MP for Lagan Valley, Jeffrey Donaldson, also said his party must decide soon whether Sinn Fein should be included in the political process while the IRA keeps on threatening and carrying out violence.
Mr Donaldson said: ''I'm far from convinced that there is now value in dialogue with republicans."
But Sinn Fein chief negotiator Martin McGuinness has said many people realise that while the situation is not perfect, it has been transformed.
He said: "It has been accepted and recognised by many people in both communities that the situation we are involved in is not a perfect process.''
Sinn Fein's ruling council will soon meet to decide whether it will take part in the review.
More threats - allegedly by the IRA - were made against young people this weekend after four youths from Dungannon were ordered to flee Northern Ireland.
Police say a 19-year-old man was beaten by masked men and told to leave Northern Ireland within 24 hours after being abducted from Ardoyne in west Belfast on Sunday.
He is being treated in hospital for injuries to his leg, arm, head and ribs.
And a 15-year-old boy is said to have been told on Sunday to get out of Northern Ireland within 48 hours.
It is not clear why the young men have been told to leave, but in the past the IRA has issued such warnings to those it considers "guilty" of anti-social behaviour or petty crime.