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British hypocrisy over Truth issue

1 June, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth Recovery Philip McGuigan has accused the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy of 'breathtaking hypocrisy' as he tours South Africa studying their model of truth and reconciliation.

Mr McGuigan said:

"While in South Africa Paul Murphy has behaved as if he was an honest broker in all of this. He is not. He represents one side of the conflict in the six counties. This is a role which the British State has yet to acknowledge. People in Ireland will be shocked by the breathtaking hypocrisy which he has demonstrated.

" Paul Murphy's approach to this issue, had it been adopted in South Africa, would have seen the white Apartheid Government and the National Party taking the lead in developing a model for truth recovery and 'dealing with the past' while all of the time ignoring their own role in creating and sustaining decades of violence and discrimination. That clearly could not have been allowed to happen. Similarly with the British Government in this part of Ireland.

"Paul Murphy needs to get real. The British government cannot be allowed to take the lead in developing a model for truth recovery while simultaneously ignoring their central role as protagonists in the conflict." ENDS

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