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United motion blazes a trail for political parties

IN Liam Clarke's column (Comment, September 5), he very rightly drew our attention to the necessity for political parties and, in particular, Sinn Fein and the DUP at Stormont to combine controversial motions "into something that could command cross-community support".

He also rightly complimented the leadership shown by Belfast City Council in producing a post-summer motion, which condemned the attack on the Lord Mayor and which was supported by all of the six parties in the City Hall.

That motion also majored on the importance of observance of the rule of law. It condemned all of the violence, from whatever source, which had occurred during the summer and, in particular, the attacks on the PSNI.

The agreed motion also affirmed commitment to "the principles of dialogue, respect for difference, shared space and equality".

The motion, as passed unanimously, was in effect the merger of motions by Alliance, SDLP, DUP and Sinn Fein.

It involved intense negotiations between representatives of all of those parties.


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