Sinn Fein delegates have voted overwhelmingly to accept the legitimacy of the police in Northern Ireland. The historic decision could now lead to the resumption of the power-sharing assembly between the majority pro-British protestants and a Catholic minority traditionally in favour of a united Ireland.
The Belfast based assembly was suspended in 2002.
Protestant politicians have asked Sinn Fein to show support for the police before they would consider working with them again in the Belfast-based assembly.
It is a huge step for Sinn Fein who have long viewed the police in the province as an arm of British rule.