A number of senior unionist representatives have met with the Parades Commission and the chief constable designate to discuss the on-going impasse over a north Belfast Orange Order parade.
At separate meetings, the delegation - including members of the DUP, UUP, TUV, PUP and UPRG - stressed the “severity of the situation” and said it was “imperative that the Parades Commission stands firm against the continuing threat of republican violence”.
The commission’s ban on lodges completing their July 12 parade back to Ligoniel Orange hall - using the Woodvale Road and Crumlin Roads between Woodvale Parade and Hesketh Road - has been in force since last year.
Nightly parades have been taking place in the Woodvale area in protest at the decision.
The unionist representatives held talks with the commission on Wednesday and ACC Mark Hamilton yesterday.
Afterwards they said the commission should ensure it was not “bullied into unfair determinations that undermine community relations”.