Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has offered to meet dissident republicans in an effort to win their support for the peace process.
The offer follows the decision of two of the party's MLAs to quit the party in protest at its imminent moves to endorse the PSNI.
Several leading IRA men are also believed to have left the organisation in recent months because of the policing issue.
Mr Adams has now said that he wants to meet dissident republicans in an effort to convince them that Sinn Fein's policies are the best way to achieve republican objectives.
He says groups like the Real IRA, the Continuity IRA and the INLA have no strategy for delivering Irish unity, no electoral support and their actions are counter-productive.