Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Unionist politicians show support for loyalists at camp Twaddell

Twaddell support: Jeffrey Donaldson
Twaddell support: Jeffrey Donaldson

Unionist politicians descended on the loyalist protest camp in north Belfast following the first round table talks with US diplomat Richard Haass.

DUP MLA Jonathan Bell, MP Jeffrey Donaldson and Orange Order grand chaplain Mervyn Gibson arrived at the camp on Twaddell Avenue which sits at an interface with Ardoyne.

The camp is occupied 24 hours a day by loyalists who have vowed to remain there until the Parades Commission allows three north Belfast lodges to finish their Twelfth of July parade.

The mood was tense at the camp following the Parades Commission decision to ban the playing of loyalist music along part of Twaddell Avenue at parades planned for next week.

Mr Donaldson said: "One of the outcomes we want from these talks is for our culture and identity to be respected."

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