No Hierarchy of Victims - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA this morning spoke to Downing Street and the British Secretary of State on the issue of compensation to victims.
Mr. Adams said:
“I spoke to Downing Street and to Shaun Woodward this morning on this issue. I told them there could be no hierarchy of victims.
Sinn Féin would certainly support compensation for all victims.
Some victims were killed directly by British agents, others by their surrogates.
British state forces have also killed or injured many citizens.
British intelligence agencies have armed unionist paramilitaries, including Ulster Resistance, which was established by the DUP.
The British have also collaborated with unionist paramilitaries to bring illegal shipments of arms into Ireland.
The most infamous of these involved the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Republicans are not surprised by the hypocritical stance of successive British governments on this issue.
Gordon Brown’s position is totally inconsistent but this is in keeping with London’s longstanding game playing on this important matter.
Another example of this is to be found in Shaun Woodward’s recent dismissal of the Eames/Bradley Commission proposal for an acknowledgement payment to all victims.
The fact is the British government is a player in all of these issues.
It is not, and cannot be, an objective or neutral referee.
The British government was a one of the combatant forces in the conflict.
Its position and Gordon Brown’s stance flows from this reality.
So too does the position of some unionist leaders.