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No preconditions should be placed in the way of dialogue - Kelly

29 September, 2013 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast Gerry Kelly has stated that there should be no preconditions to dialogue surrounding any resolution to the parading issues.

Speaking following the statement from the Orange Order and unionist parties surrounding the march past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales Mr Kelly said:

“The announcement today by the Orange Order and unionist parties does not amount to an initiative.The setting ofa precondition, that a parade past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales, must take place before dialogue can commence, is not the way to progress this situation.

“The Parades Commission have made their determination on the 2013 parade. This still stands. If the Orange Order are now saying that they will enter into dialogue on the 2014 parading season, that would be very welcome. 

“However this choreographed announcement to the media from theBelfast leadership of the Orange Order, the DUP, PUP and UUP is not aimed at resolving the difficulties that exist. On the contrary it is yet another attempt to undermine the Parades Commission.

"The Orange Order has announced its intentions through the media without discussing things with or providing prior  notification to CARA. If they really wanted to assist community relations or the Haass process an initiative might be to move their protest off  the interface at Twaddell.

“What needs to happen is direct dialogue, without preconditions in place, between the local residents and the Orange Order. This has been and remains the best way to reach agreement based on mutual respect.”

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