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Kelly calls or peaceful weekend parade

22 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has appealed to people on all sides to ensure that this weekends re-routed Orange Parade in West Belfast passes off without incident.

Mr Kelly said:

" It is my view given the history of this particular parade and the wholesale breaches of previous determinations, that the Parades Commission came to the correct decision in altering the route of Saturday's planned march.

" I also believe that much of the commentary made by unionist political representatives in the days since the decision was taken will not benefit efforts to ensure that the march passes off peacefully, and is in contrast to earlier statements from prominent unionist politicians committing themselves to working for a peaceful summer in the city.

" The nationalist community living on the Springfield Road want simply to be allowed to get on with their lives without massive disruption from a PSNI operation or from an unwanted parade being forced through their area.

" I would appeal to people on all sides to ensure that every effort is made in the coming days and on Saturday itself to ensure that community tensions are not raised further and that the day passes off peacefully." ENDS

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