Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers of attempting to set parameters for the forthcoming Haass Talks in what he described as ‘an unacceptable intervention’.
Mr. Adams said:
“Yesterday Theresa Villiers delivered a speech to the BIA in Cambridge. She devoted a significant section of her speech to the issue of dealing with the past. This is one area which will be dealt with in the upcoming Haass talks.
“Her comments were an attempt to try and set parameters for those entering the talks – it is an unacceptable intervention.
“Her speech reflects a continuing failure by the British Government to acknowledge its role as participants in a conflict and an indication that the British state is still not ready for the sort of victim centered inclusive process which is required.
“Given the British Government record to date on this issue, including the shelving of Eames/Bradley, the resistance to Inquests and the refusal to implement the Weston Park Agreement on the Finucane Inquiry, many people will view this intervention as yet another attempt to frustrate finding a way forward in dealing with the past.
“What is required is an independent truth recovery process facilitated by an acceptable international agency. That is the only credible means to effectively deal with these issues.” ENDS