26 May 2006

McAleese to launch peace-line plan

Daily Ireland

by Ciarán Barnes

A strategy document promoting good relations along north Belfast’s peace lines is to be launched by Martin McAleese today.
The Irish president’s husband will be the main speaker at the North Belfast Interface Network event at Cliftonville community centre on Manor Street.
Formed in 2002, the network works to prevent sectarian clashes along the area’s peace lines. There are 17 interfaces in Belfast, 14 being in the north of the city.
Since the outbreak of the Troubles, north Belfast has seen a disproportionate level of violence. A quarter of all Troubles-related killings occurred in the area.
A spokesman for the network said: “The rationale for the project is to carry out community-relations activity on two levels. The first level deals with community relations on a localised-area basis, implementing strategies that are tailor-made to fit the particular needs of each community.
“On the second level, the emphasis is placed on developing collaborative strategies which promote conflict transformation, peace building and reconciliation throughout north Belfast and further afield.”

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