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Concern over British failure to move on Inquiries

5 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has expressed his serious concerns after Paul Murphy failed to make an expected statement detailing how the demands for inquiries made by Judge Cory would be advanced.

Mr Kelly said:

"The British government were presented with the Cory Report last October. They sat on it for a number of months before publishing a censored version earlier this year. They have already announced that they would not proceed with an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane but that inquiries into three other killings would proceed.

"However since then the British government have again stalled the process. During the recent talks the British government gave Sinn Féin a commitment that they would act on three of the inquiries within weeks and part of this would be a statement from Paul Murphy. However the expected statement which was believed to be coming today has not materialised.

"Given the history of the British government in concealing the truth and obstructing families in their search for the truth today‚s failure to comment will raise obvious concerns not just for the families involved but the wider community as well. Sinn Féin will again be raising this matter with both governments as a matter of urgency. The British government need to realise that the families of those killed through collusion will not simply disappear. They will continue to demand the truth and will continue to have the support of Sinn Féin in this endeavour."ENDS

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