Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the Parades Commission have succeeded in focusing the minds of the Loyal Orders on the need for dialogue.
Commenting as it was announced that the current Parades Commission members term would finish at the end of the year, the North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA said:
“Over the course of the past two years the Parades Commission has pursued a resolution strategy with respect to contentious parades.
“They have succeeded in focusing the minds of the Loyal Orders on the need for dialogue and accommodation and should be commended for doing so.
“While the announcement that the Parades Commission will continue for a further period is to be welcomed, the decision to reduce its composition, particularly in advance of the consideration of the parades issue at the Haass talks, is somewhat pre-emptive.
“The capacity of the Parades Commission to build upon the progress they have made in recent times should be strengthened rather than diminished.” CRÍOCH/END