Sinn Féin comments on Patterson talks proposal
Commenting on reports that British Secretary of State Owen Patterson is to seek further talks on dealing with the past, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Victims, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) said:
“Sinn Féin first published proposals on the need for an international independent truth recovery process over 10 years ago. We have contributed to every initiative aimed at delivering the sort of effective process necessary
"To date the British government and political unionism have run away from dealing with the legacy of the conflict. The British government in particular have consistently failed to acknowledge its role as a protagonist in the conflict instead persisting in the lie that it was some sort of honest broker. It still for example denies its role in Shoot-to-Kill, collusion and the systematic abuse of detainees. Any process set up and administered by the British government in this vein will fail to deliver what is required.
"It must be hoped that finally Britain has decided to end its policy of concealment and cover-up and will now embrace the need for an independent international truth commission. Republicans are up for such a process, the question remains unanswered about the British government and unionisms intentions.”