Internal Unionist navel gazing will achieve nothing – Gerry Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the setting up of a Unionist forum will achieve nothing and what is needed to resolve the flags issue is dialogue involving the whole community.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“What is needed to resolve the flag issue and achieve mutual respect and equality for Irishness and Britishness is for dialogue involving the whole community.
“This internal navel gazing Unionist forum will achieve nothing to advance a future based on equality as envisaged in the Good Friday Agreement.
“It is time that the leadership of Unionism got real and faced the fact that the North is no longer an Orange state.
“It was that mindset and the associated sectarianism and discrimination that saw Irishness and indeed anything hinting at equality of treatment, as a threat to unionists domination.
“Any move forward on symbols or people’s identity has to be based on equality, parity of esteem and mutual respect. Until the leadership of Unionism accept that starting point they will continue to lead their community up the garden path bringing nothing but confusion and reactionary violence.”