Mon 30th Jun 2014
Business Leaders call for progress on flags, parades and the past in Northern Ireland
Speaking ahead of this week’s talks aimed at finding a solution to the problems of flags, parades and the past in Northern Ireland, the following statement has been issued jointly by CBI Northern Ireland, Institute of Directors and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The entire business community, and we believe the vast majority of the wider community, wishes to encourage our politicians to use this time constructively and wisely to build on the solid foundation provided by the Haass negotiations. There is a high expectation within the business community that this week’s talks will resolve our outstanding issues once and for all.
“In our view it is critical to resolve the sensitive issues which continue to constitute the missing element in our efforts to build a successful, vibrant economy in Northern Ireland that will benefit the whole community.
“Northern Ireland must become a place where mutual respect, tolerance and acknowledgement of other points of view allow our people to thrive. We believe that broader perspectives and broader horizons lead to broader opportunities.
“The business community therefore wholeheartedly supports the search for solutions to the divisive issues that only serve to draw people back into narrow mind-sets. A successful resolution to these talks will provide a significant boost to confidence across the community.”
Notes to Editors
• Spokespeople available on request
For further information please contact:
Christopher Morrow, Communications & Policy Manager
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Tel: 02890 244113 / 07808 789163