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British Government cannot rule out Truth Commission

4 October, 2011

Sinn Féin MLA and victims spokesperson Mitchel McLaughlin has stated in reaction to the British Secretary of State, Owen Patterson’s comments, attempting to rule out a truth commission style approach to dealing with the legacy of the past as arrogant and contemptible towards those who suffered throughout the conflict.

Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:

“For Owen Patterson to attempt to rule out a truth commission style approach to truth recovery is arrogant and completely ignores the fact that the British Government were parties to this conflict.

“We only have to look at the examples of the Saville inquiry to highlight that the British Government must come forward and play an active, honest and transparent role in addressing truth recovery on this island.

“Further to this we only have to look at previous approaches such as the Stevens inquiry, a 3,000 page report which was subsequently redacted, suppressed  and edited so much that only 13 pages were published, as the way in which Owen Patterson cannot, nor must not, deny the fact the British Government have a lot to answer.

“Sinn Féin have made it clear that it is our view that what is required is a victim centered international, independent truth recovery process. Republicans have made it clear that we would participate in such a body. The British Government should make it clear whether they would participate in such a process also instead of staving off and hiding  from the rights and demands of victims of this conflict.”

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