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Sinn Fein Comment On Ardoyne Parade Decision

5 August, 2005


Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Cathy Stanton has said that the
decision to ban the planned Apprentice Boys parade on August 13th from
passing through three nationalist areas was the only logical decision which
could have been taken.

Ms Stanton said:

" The decision to ban the planned Apprentice Boys parade from passing
through three nationalist areas in North Belfast was the only logical
conclusion which the Parades Commission could have reached. It is the
determination which they should have delivered before the Orange Order
parade on July 12th.

" Since the decision to force the Orange Order parade through on the Twelfth
the unionist paramilitaries have been engaged in an ongoing campaign in
North Belfast. Last night in an area adjacent to Ardoyne there was
widespread unionist rioting.

" The loyal Orders have to realise that they need to treat the nationalist
community in North Belfast with respect. They need to begin a process of
meaningful dialogue with host communities directly. They need to stop hiding
behind forums and commissions and start addressing the very real concerns
which exist within nationalist North Belfast about their activities." ENDS





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