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Gerry Adams appeals for calm ahead of 12th Parades

11 July, 2006

Speaking today on the eve of the Twelfth parades, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP appealed for people to remain calm and pledged that republicans would do all in their power to ensure that the coming days passed off peacefully.

Mr Adams said:

"I would once again appeal to people over the coming days, in spite of provocation and in spite of the continuing insistence of the Orange Order to march in areas where they are clearly not welcome, to remain calm.

"As in previous years republicans will do all in our power to ensure that the coming days pass off peacefully. But this is not the sole responsibility of republicans. The British Government and the PSNI have a big responsibility. The Orange Order and unionist political leaders must play their part in ensuring that the violence traditionally associated with the Twelfth parades is averted this year." ENDS

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