Unionist political parties linked together to issue a united call on Wednesday night.
Reacting to the news that a morning parade around the contentious Ardoyne district had been granted permission yesterday (see News Letter webiste), the DUP, UUP, TUV, PUP and West Belfast UPRG issued a joint statement in response, calling for the evening return route to be granted as well.
The statement in full read: “It is the same people walking up the Crumlin Road in the evening as the Commission has allowed down in the morning so logic dictates they should be allowed to return home.
“The morning parade along the Crumlin Road has not been the core issue so the key question remains.
“Will the Parades Commission cave in to the publicly issued republican threats against the homeward leg on this arterial route or not?
“We believe they must be unequivocal in their rejection of these threats and allow the homeward leg of the parade”.