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Junior Ministers welcome North Belfast MLAs' commitment to interface peace

26 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA along with Jeffrey Donaldson has welcomed the statement from North Belfast MLAs calling on young people to 'Say no to interface violence'.

Minister Kelly said:

"Earlier this week I and my ministerial colleague Jeffrey Donaldson hosted the launch at Parliament Buildings of a poster campaign designed by young people and aimed at young people with the clear message Wise up M8. Say no to interface violence.

"These young people have shown commendable leadership and I am delighted to say that the unique statement of support which has come from all six local MLAs further endorses that message."

Notes to Editors:

The six north Belfast MLAs are: Fred Cobain (UUP); Nigel Dodds (DUP); Gerry Kelly (SF); Alban Maginness (SDLP); Nelson McCausland (DUP); Caral Ni Chulin (SF)

The statement from the six North Belfast MLA's reads as follows :-

Say No to Interface Violence

As elected representatives for North Belfast, we want to send a very strong message of support to this year's poster campaign. We believe it is our responsibility to exercise positive political leadership by clearly encouraging our young people to say no to interface violence.

It is of great significance that the campaign has been shaped, the posters and leaflets designed and distribution carried out by young people from our part of Belfast. It is these young people who are saying to their peers "Wise Up M8 (Mate). Say no to interface violence." We agree wholeheartedly with that message.

North Belfast is a fast improving part of the city. This campaign has in recent years been a vital part of a range of initiatives which involves everyone in the community working together, which have seen summer months becoming increasingly peaceful. We don't take this improvement for granted and we don't underestimate the amount of work which has been done by many people to have achieved what we have now in North Belfast.

In making this statement of support we would want to add our challenge to everyone in North Belfast. As we see our young people take a positive stance against interface violence, we must all get behind them in agreement and support.

Everyone, Say no to interface violence this year and every year.

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