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Kelly calls for careful determinations on North Belfast marches

18 August, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly has called for the Parades Commission to pay a constructive role in keeping interface tensions down when approaching upcoming Royals Black Preceptory marches. Speaking after this mornings meeting with the Parades Commission Mr Kelly said:

"Tensions are already very high in north Belfast given the rise in sectarian attacks against the nationalist community and the events surrounding the loyalist Tour of the North and the Twelfth of July where, following provocative marches being forced through nationalist communities, the PSNI resorted again to attacking the nationalist community in Ardoyne, Carrickhill and Whitewell.

"There is a strong onus on the loyal orders to move away from controversial and confrontational applications for marching and engage in dialogue with nationalist residents. This applies especially to interface areas such as Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales along with the Whitewell Road.

"In the absence of this we are calling on the Parade Commission to make careful and sensitive determinations surrounding the upcoming marches. They have a role to play in keeping interface tensions down while also not rewarding those who refuse to engage with local residents in attempts to resolve the issues surrounding loyalist marches." ENDS

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