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Adams appeals for calm in advance of Parades

11 July, 2005

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has appealed for calm in advance of tomorrows contentious Orange parades on the Springfield Road and in Ardoyne. Speaking today in Belfast Mr Adams said,

"The Parades Commission have created an extremely dangerous situation in Ardoyne. The Orange Order have been rewarded for refusing to engage in dialogue with local residents and will be allowed to parade through an area
where the sole purpose is to cause offence.

"Over the last ten days the Sinn Fein organisation, including our national leadership, has been working to ensure that the situation in Ardoyne does not spiral out of control. The amount of effort we are expending is a reflection of the very deep difficulties created by the Parades Commission. In north Belfast, nationalist and republicans have been left to manage the crisis created by the Commission's bad decision. I would appeal to young people in particular not to be provoked tomorrow." ENDS

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