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DUP apology motion deflects from issue of Truth Recovery

17 September, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA and party spokesperson on the issue of victims Mitchel McLaughlin has reiterated the need for a comprehensive and independent truth recovery process to deal with the past. Speaking ahead of the DUP motion in the Assembly to be debated on Monday seeking an apology from the Irish Government Mr McLaughlin said:

"This motion is not about truth recovery. It is designed, by taking a selective approach, to deflect away from the issue.

"It ignores the role of the Unionist government pre-1972 in creating the conditions for conflict, the aquiesence of the British government throughout this period and the roll of the British government and unionism there after. 

"Sinn Féin is on public record as to our willingness to deal comprehensively with the past. But if you only ask some of the questions, then you will only establish some of the truth.

"If we are serious about a truth recovery process let us establish an independent international truth commission where all participants to the conflict are encouraged to take part. Selective and piecemeal approaches will not serve to move this issue on."

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