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Talks to ease parades tensions to take place in Wales

New research has found that parades generate millions for the economy here each year

New research has found that parades generate millions for the economy here each year

Politicians on all sides in Northern Ireland are to be invited to private talks in Cardiff next week in a new attempt to ease sectarian tensions on the streets of Belfast.

Police confirmed today that meetings would take place next weekend. Academics from the University of Ulster are also believed to be involved in the new initiative.

The moves follows serious trouble in Belfast over Christmas and the New Year after the city council’s decision to restrict the flying of the Union flags to designated days.

Security chiefs are also increasing worried about the prospect of further violence in the coming linked to disputed parades close to loyalist and nationalist interface areas.

The Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also announced today the setting up of an all party working group with an independent chairman to discuss flags, parades and how to deal with Northern Ireland’s past.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said they would be meeting with key stakeholders in Cardiff to discuss a range of issues in relation to policing in Belfast.

A statement added: “The attendee list has not yet been finalised.

“As a Police Service, we believe it is important that we listen to the views expressed by our stakeholders and the community. We also want to ensure constructive lines of engagement are established and remain open.

“There are no further details at this stage.”

 

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