Published Monday, 14 July 2014
This year's Twelfth passed off peacefully at the weekend, after unionist calls for non-violent protest against a Parades Commission decision to restrict the Ligoniel Lodges from passing an interface in north Belfast on their return route.
Last Thursday, a delegation of unionist leaders and senior Orangemen said they were calling for a probe into the situation.
DUP leader Peter Robinson had said the action was part of a "graduated response" to the ruling.
On Monday, north Belfast MP Nigel Dodds commended those involved in the Twelfth who made it "quiet and peaceful" while also demonstrating people's "anger and frustration against the Parade's Commission's unjust ruling".
"We have a meeting scheduled with the Secretary of State who has agreed to meet the unionist leadership and the Orange Order to discuss our proposals for a Commission of Inquiry," he said.
"The Secretary of State has already reacted positively that she is prepared to consider practical options and I think that that's a move forward, we will take forward our proposals because I think that what we have seen with the Parades Commission hasn't worked and the denial of tolerance and respect to one side of the community cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely, so we will want to explore the various options with the Secretary of State."
Mr Dodds said that there has been "an enormous amount of engagement" between unionists and nationalists as well as between the Orange Order and residents.
He added: "However is a willingness on the republican side to have a tolerance and respect for the six minutes it would take to have a parade - everything else has been discussed, the music, supporters, timings, numbers, it will come down to whether tolerance and respect is available to the unionist community."
He said that the Secretary of State "is responsible for parading and she needs to listen".
However, Sinn Féin MLA for north Belfast, Gerry Kelly said that there is "no need for a Commission of Inquiry".
"The Secretary of State should not interfere with a body which has already been set up," he said.
"The unionists have been against the Parades Commission from the very start. They want to go back to the bad old days of unregulated parades, they want to have their own decisions about these parades and they want to coat-tail through, frankly nationalist and Catholic districts and we're not returning to that.
"The British Secretary of State should not give them any credibility whatsoever."
Mr Kelly added that unionist leaders had walked away from talks at Stormont earlier in the month that had been looking at how to deal with parades.
He said: "We need to return to talk, it is a local issue, the Orange needs to return to the talks."
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