Joint appeal for peaceful marching season
An appeal for a peaceful marching season in Northern Ireland has been made by assembly leaders, the justice minister and the chief constable.
Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness, David Ford and Matt Baggott have called for the positive publicity surrounding this week's G8 summit to be built upon.
Their appeal follows a recent series of incidents at sectarian flashpoints.
They called on political and community representatives to redouble efforts to reduce tensions in coming weeks.
First Minister Mr Robinson said: "As we move into the main parading season, we want to ensure that we build on our recent successes and that nothing happens to undermine Northern Ireland's international reputation or deters potential investors.
"It is in the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland that respect and tolerance are displayed to ensure a peaceful summer."
Deputy First Minister Mr McGuinness said the executive's vision was of "a united community, based on equality of opportunity while recognising the need for good relations and reconciliation".'Peaceful outcome'
"To those who are thinking of encouraging disorder or may get caught up in it, I have a clear message - it is not wanted and there is no excuse for it. There is no acceptable level of disorder," he said.
Justice Minister David Ford MLA said he welcomed the efforts of those "working to secure a peaceful outcome over the remainder of the parading season".
"Resolution of contentious parades is possible," he said.
"I hope that those who have influence will continue to show leadership and work with their communities and the police to ease tensions where they exist.
"We do not want to see violence, with the cost it brings to communities, to policing and to our image."
Chief Constable Matt Baggott said world leaders attending the G8 economic summit had seen Northern Ireland in a positive light.
"Now is the time to build upon such optimism. I do not wish to see young peoples' futures blighted through getting caught up in violence and the consequences of a criminal record," he said.
"As we approach the most contentious parades, I want to repeat that violence is not inevitable if we have responsible leadership, respect for others and willingness to compromise."