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Gerry Kelly has come up short following Cardiff talks - Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist Leader, Mike Nesbitt MLA, has indicated his disappointment that Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly appears to have broken the spirit of the agreement reached in the Cardiff talks on the policing of public order events.


Mr Nesbitt said: “Like the rest of us, Gerry Kelly spent two days discussing the issues, at the end of which he signed up to a declaration that included support for the PSNI, the Policing Board and the Office of the Ombudsman.


“Importantly, he also agreed the importance of keeping open lines of communication between politicians, community workers and the police.


“Following Cardiff, we all received the mobile telephone numbers for two Assistant Chief Constables, four Chief Superintendents and the Chief Executive of the Policing Board.


“That seems to me to offer an alternative to obstructing a police vehicle in a manner that suggests an offence under Section 66 of the Police (NI) Act 1998.


“I left those Cardiff talks expressing the view that they could only be deemed a success if we saw those involved using different language and behaviours next time tension hit our streets. On that basis, Mr Kelly has come up short, and as the joint statement said ‘There are consequences for communities and individuals in breaking the law’. The matter now rests with the PSNI.”

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