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Parading inquiry would reward negative unionism - Kelly

18 September, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly today said that Sinn Féin is firmly opposed to the proposal for an inquiry into parading in north Belfast.

Gerry Kelly said:

“If Theresa Villiers wants to encourage dialogue on parading then the last thing she should do is to reward unionist, loyalist and Orange negativity and intransigence by giving in to their ultimatum for an inquiry into parading in north Belfast.

"The Parades Commission is the legally constituted body tasked with the work of adjudicating on contentious parades. Experience shows us that the only effective way to resolve these issues is through a process of meaningful dialogue.

"Sinn Féin is for dialogue, both at local and at political levels.

"But unionist leaders have rejected dialogue. They rejected the Haass/O'Sullivan proposals for dealing with parades and other contentious issues and they walked out of the party leaders’ process which was attempting to address these same vexed issues.

"Instead the pan-Unionist alliance emerged based on a negative and anti-agreement agenda and on the basis of a one-sided ultimatum which takes no account of nationalist and republican perspectives.

"It would be entirely counter-productive for the British government to reward this negativity.”

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