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Adams meets with Parades Commission

16 June, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning led a delegation including Alex Maskey MLA and Cllr. Tom Hartley to meet with the Parades Commission in Belfast.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Adams said:

"Sinn Féin want to see a quiet summer and a peaceful marching season. The onus is on the British government; the Parades Commission and the Loyal Orders. Last year these groups almost caused catastrophe with the decisions they took.

"The Marching Orders have shown no inclination to talk to residents and indeed recent decisions by them, indicate a confrontational approach to the Parades Commission and its decisions. The Loyal Orders, supported by all shades of unionism, is challenging the Parades Commission. There is a lot of tension at this time as a result.

"The Parades Commission has a statutory obligation. The Parades Commission has to stand up to sectarianism and triumphalism.

"People have been very patient. There are thousands of parades each year. This number is increasing. Most of these people tolerate. But there are clearly marches which are about triumphalism. This issue has to be dealt with." ENDS

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