[Sinn Fein]

5 August 1997

Search for accommodation on parades issue should continue - Mc Guinness

Sinn Fein MP Martin Mc Guinness has said that the RUC decision to re-route parades in Dunloy, Bellaghy and the Lower Ormeau Road, while it get us over the immediate problem, it does not provide a solution to the parades issue.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

``In order to reach a lasting agreement on this vexing issue there can be no substitute for direct face to face negotiations. Trust between the opposing parties can only be built by representatives sitting down together with determination to reach an agreement which can respect both traditions.

``The RUC intervention does nothing to resolve the underlying fears and suspicions which are deeply held by both sides. It only postpones the problem for another day. But now that this decision has been taken I would hope that the Apprentice Boys in the areas of contention will simply board their buses, travel to Derry, remember they are visitors to our city, enjoy their parade and return home peacefully.

``It is now incumbent on the leadership of the Apprentice Boys to use the space between this and future parades to accept reality and enter into dialogue with Residents Groups to find a lasting agreement to cover all contentious parades.

``I would also hope that the RUC would give assurances to the residents in the areas of contention that they will not saturate their areas or place them under house arrest and curfew.''

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