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Negotiations should begin immediately - Kelly

24 September, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today that comprehensive negotiations should begin immediately in an effort to move the political process forward.

Gerry Kelly said:

"There is clearly a need for comprehensive negotiations involving all the parties, the British and Irish governments and the US administration on all the issues currently frustrating political progress.

"The British government also needs to fulfill commitments made in the Good Friday and other agreements such as a Bill of Rights, Acht na Gaeilge and the Pat Finucane Inquiry.”

And Gerry Kelly warned British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers that it would be counter productive to reward negative unionism with a panel of inquiry into a contentious Orange parade in North Belfast.

"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.

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

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