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British government warned against diluting Finucane commitments

22 September, 2004


Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has warned the British government against any dilution or further delay in the initiation of a full independent international public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.

Mr McGuinness said:

"The issue of collusion has been on the agenda of every discussion with Mr Blair since we first met in 1997. The British government has been left in no doubt that the collusion cover up must end. The British government must not dilute or further delay a full independent international public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane.

"Successive British governments have gone to extraordinary lengths to cover up the involvement of their military, intelligence and police agencies in the murder of citizens. Tony Blair and his colleagues know that Pat Finucane's killing is only the tip of the iceberg. Pat Finucane and hundreds of others died as a consequence of an administrative practice which oversaw British agencies arming, training, providing target lists and information for unionist paramilitaries who then carried out countless murders.

"Collusion and specifically the killing of Pat Finucane are serious matters about which the British government cannot continue to hide the truth." ENDS

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