[Sinn Fein]

20th November 2001

Holy Cross - Community dialogue needed

Speaking after meeting David Trimble, Mark Durkan, Billy Hutchinson and Alban Maginnis in talks aimed at resolving the situation at the Holy Cross Primary School, Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said:

``This was a helpful meeting. There was a frank and positive exchange of views.

``A number of meetings took place today and discussions are scheduled with the aim of breaking the impasse as soon as possible.

``Whatever help is available from the Assembly and its departments should be given but the issue can only be resolved through dialogue at community level and a structured and public agreement.

``I would urge the other North Belfast Assembly members who were not at the meeting, including the sitting MP, to use their influence in bringing about dialogue and agreement.''

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