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Kelly says British government has obligation to deal with the past now

12 November, 2014 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today the British government has an obligation to deal with the issue of the legacy of the past now and a responsibility to find the funds needed to do it.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking after the leaking of a NIO document claiming that the cost of dealing with the past will only escalate.

Gerry Kelly said: 

“Clearly the NIO nor the British Government are not neutral arbiters but were active participants in the conflict. It’s not good enough for them to say that there is a cost in dealing with the legacy of the past. If they are worried about escalating costs then they should deal with it now.

“The British government has had no problem finding monies and extra resources to obstruct efforts to uncover the truth about state killings and collusion.

“They have done this through injunctions, destroying documents and evidence. They have also refused to disclose information requested by the coroners’ courts and the Ombudsman’s office. 

“They have refused to honour a commitment to hold an inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane and continue to withhold information from Judge Barron’s inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Most recently we have seen the shelving of the inquiry into the murder of 14 people in Derry on Bloody Sunday. 

“What we need to see is the British government actually taking a proactive and positive approach in dealing this legacy issues, this also  requires funding the necessary arrangements.

“The European Commissioner for Human Rights, only last week, made clear that the funding issue is the responsibility of the British Government.

“The British government needs to realise that you cannot put a price on truth.” 

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