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Tour of the North dialogue welcomed

12 June, 2008

North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the news that this year's Tour of the North parade will not pass by Ardoyne.

Mr Kelly said:

"I welcome the positive engagement between the Ardoyne Parades Dialogue Group and the NWB Parades Forum and the news that the Forum have withdrawn the return leg of this year's Tour of the North parade past Ardoyne.

"Sinn Féin has always said that the way to resolve all these matters is through dialogue.

"I want to congratulate all those who have been involved in the long and protracted negotiations around the issue of parades.

"This is a good news story for North Belfast and particularly for all those adversely affected by contentious marches in the past. "I hope that this breakthrough will set the tone for a peaceful summer and I support the efforts of all those trying to find a resolution to this issue." ENDS

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