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Unionists should return to party leaders’ talks – Kelly

11 August, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on the unionist parties to re-engage in party leaders talks deal with the issue of the legacy of the past, flags and parades.

 Gerry Kelly was speaking after yesterday’s lockdown of Belfast City Centre during a loyalist protest at an anti-internment march and the impact on business in Belfast City Centre.

 The North Belfast MLA said:

 “The Belfast Chamber of Commerce has called for political leadership to resolve these issues following yesterday’s parade and protest which caused the lockdown of much of the city centre.

 “Sinn Féin remains ready and willing to resume the party leaders talks process on these contentious issues as soon as possible.

 “We have urged unionists repeatedly to move away from their obsession with a small section of a single parade in North Belfast and re-engage in talks immediately on the issues of flags, parades and the past.

 “I call again on unionists to demonstrate the sort of political leadership demanded both by local communities and the Belfast chamber of commerce.” ENDS/CRÍOCH 

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