Sinn Féin Education Minister John O'Dowd has welcomed a joint statement from the Executive calling for a peaceful parading season.
Speaking after the Executive meeting, Mr O'Dowd said;
"There was a sensible discussion at the Executive meeting around the issues of the parading season.
"The Executive has agreed a joint statement calling for all parades and related protests to remain lawful.
"Clearly this must include the acceptance of the lawful decisions of the Parades' Commission."