6/14/2006

Agreement on Tour of the North

I'm glad to see that an agreement has been reached with regards to the contentious "Tour of the North" Parade scheduled to pass Ardoyne this Friday. In the past, this dispute has unfortunately lead to violence but hopefully the accomodation which has been reached will mean that the parade will pass peacefully.

I see this as a triumph for negotiation and dialogue and I commend the North and West Belfast Parades Forum and the Ardoyne Parades Dialogue Group for the hard work they have put in to make this accomodation possible. The parades issue is one which flares up every Summer. This successful negotiation prooves once more that negotiation, compromise and dialogue are the only methods by which a successful resolution can be found. The Orange Order as an organisation should take heed of this and begin direct negotiation with residents groups as soon as possible to ensure a safe and peaceful Summer for all of us.

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