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Kelly Urges Irish Government Intervention Over Parade

7 July, 2005

Speaking after meeting the Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern in
Belfast along with members of the Ardoyne dialogue group Sinn Féin Assembly
member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly said:

Mr Kelly said:

" I took the opportunity at today's meeting to impress upon the Minister the
very difficult situation which has been created by the decision of the
Parades Commission to force two Orange Parades through three nationalist
areas in North Belfast on July 12th.

" The Ardoyne Dialogue Group explained to the Minister the detail of their
compromise position which would in the short term help ease tensions around
the twelfth parades. However the only way in which the issue of contentious
parades in North Belfast can be resolved is through a process of genuine and
meaningful dialogue.

" I called on the Minister to intervene on behalf of the nationalist
residents of Ardoyne and he has agreed to raise our concerns with the
British government and the Parades Commission." ENDS

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