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Video: Prince Charles and Martin McGuinness shake hands during Royal visit to Belfast church at centre of parading disputes

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has welcomed Prince Charles' visit as "the next essential step in the peace process - that of reconciliation."

Speaking outside St Patrick's Catholic Church in Belfast, Mr McGuinness admitted that peace-making was difficult.

"But if we're serious about reconciliation we all have to recognise that there is a need to rise above old enmities. That is absolutely essential.

"There is a lot of focus on this visit on the past, but I think this visit also focuses everybody on the need to move forward.

"Prince Charles has personally suffered as a result of our past…….as have the families of those who had people murdered on the streets of Derry on Bloody Sunday.

"But if we are to move forward to build a better future for our children - who are the most important people in all of this - then we do have to rise above all enmities," he said.

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