Kelly calls for peaceful 12th after discussions
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called for a peaceful 12th of July following the ending of talks involving residents group CARA and the Orange Order.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“There were two lengthy meetings held between Orange Order, the Woodvale and Twaddell Residents Association and CARA (Crumlin and Ardoyne Residents Association).
“CARA invited Sinn Féin and the SDLP to attend as advisers; this included myself and Alban Maginness.
“The Orange Order and Woodvale Residents Association also invited advisers which included representatives of the PUP.
“The meetings over the weekend were frank and we hope an important beginning to a process of dialogue between the Orange Order and residents. This is the first time that the Orange Order have been involved in face to face talks with a nationalist residents association in Belfast.
“While the talks were very close to the 12th of July parades, anytime is the right time to begin a process of genuine dialogue.
“Although there was no agreement reached at these discussions we are calling on all stakeholders to use their influence to ensure a peaceful 12th July, whatever the outcome of the Parades Commission determination.”