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Police appeal for peace at Orange parade.

NORTHERN Ireland Chief Constable Hugh Orde appealed for peace in Belfast ahead of a tense Orange Order parade through the city today.

Hundreds of riot police are on standby if trouble breaks out.

The parade, past the flashpoint Ardoyne district, is part of a series of Twelfth of July demonstrations across Northern Ireland.

There is concern among senior officers over what might happen when Orangemen pass any protestors gathered at Ardoyne shopfronts as they return from the Belfast demonstration.

Fears grew after 18 police officers and 11 civilians were injured when nationalists rioted at a loyalist parade last month. Mr Orde said: 'I don't think that it's too late for any community leader to say ' Let's look at what needs to be done and how we can comply with the law'.'

But with officers called in from across Northern Ireland for the Ardoyne parade and another potentially tense procession on the Springfield Road in west Belfast, he insisted police would not be unprepared.

'My officers and soldiers are in the middle of this. That's a very difficult place to be,' Mr Orde added.

'We are more than capable of dealing with whatever happens. We will do our job, but other people have to do theirs
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