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Adams calls for Republican Participation in Truth Process

7 October, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was joined by party spokesperson on Victims issues Francie Molloy MLA and West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann at a press conference in Belfast this morning to launch the party proposals on Truth Recovery. Speaking at the press conference Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that he would call on Republicans to participate and play a full role in an Independent International Truth Commission.

Mr Adams said:

“Sinn Féin have long called for the establishment of an Independent International Truth Commission to deal with the causes and consequences of the conflict. We repeat that call today. The proposed ‘Legacy Commission’ is not an independent international truth recovery process.

“For a truth recovery process to be successful and to deliver for bereaved families and survivors it needs to have maximum participation. I would call on Republicans to participate and play a full role in an Independent International Truth Commission.

“It needs to have the confidence of the community. It needs to be independent of the state, combatant groups, political parties, civil society and economic interests. It needs to examine both the causes and consequences of the conflict.

“The two governments should authorise a reputable body, such as the UN to devise and implement a process which will guarantee independence and ensure confidence and participation in any future Truth Commission.

“This document is a genuine attempt to address this issue in a thoughtful and comprehensive way. It contains a number of recommendations and commentary on proposals already put forward by the Consultative Group on the Past.

“I would encourage people to take this document away and to engage in this debate. These are issues which need to be addressed if we are to deal with the effects of the conflict. Looking after victims and victims families and survivors is a significant and important part of this.” ENDS

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