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Local dialogue is the solution to North Belfast contentious march - Kelly

30 July, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, following a meeting in which a Sinn Féin delegation led by Martin McGuinness met with Theresa Villiers over the issue of political unionism's calls for a commission of inquiry into the contentious Orange march past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales in North Belfast stated:

“There has been much speculation and commentary surrounding what the British Secretary of State may present in terms of political unionism's call for a commission of inquiry to examine parading in North Belfast. 

“At the meeting between Theresa Villiers and Sinn Féin we were not presented with any proposition. 

“Ultimately the resolution to the controversial North Belfast parade will be found locally though engaging in dialogue. Sinn Féin has been consistent in its support for this approach.

“There should be no proposition from any quarter, least of all the British government, which could have the effect of undermining the Parades Commission, the Haass proposals, or attempts to find a solution through local dialogue." 

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