Chris Lyttle MLA said: “I hope that this year’s Community Relations week will be as successful as previous years. It is a great opportunity to highlight the valuable work that is going on throughout Northern Ireland on improving community relations.
“I would encourage all those who are involved in events next week to use this opportunity to highlight areas of a shared future that OFMDFM must include in their new shared future strategy. The proposals that were announced last week fell well short of what is needed to deliver a genuine shared future.
“We must show to the First and deputy First Minister that they must set challenging targets in areas for integrated education and for creating shared spaces and shared communities. They must also include measures on flags, parades and the past rather than them being ignored in the strategy and being kicked into the long grass by asking this proposed working group to look at them.”