British government must face responsibilities over collusion - Hazzard
Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the British government must deal with its responsibilities over collusion between its state forces and agents with loyalist death squads in the murder of hundreds of people.
Speaking following a debate on collusion following the allegations raised in a recent BBC 'Panorama' broadcast, Mr Hazzard said;
"Collusion was not random or the work of rogue individuals. It was part of the British government policy, designed at the highest levels of Whitehall, and implemented with deadly consequences with the murders of hundreds of people.
"There is clear and undeniable evidence that not only proves the existence of collusion, but also that it was British government policy; that it was routine, systematic, planned and directed with full political authority that went right to the top.
"It can no longer be dismissed by those who wish to ignore its impact or to cover it up.
"The real cost of collusion is still felt by families and survivors who are campaigning for the truth about what happened to their loved ones.
"They are entitled to truth and justice and the British government, which colluded in those it had a legal duty to protect, have a responsibility on dealing with the past.
"It must honour its obligation on the murder of Pat Finucane, open up its files on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, and fund investigations into cases of collusion.
"Sinn Féin has consistently called for an international, independent truth recovery process to deal with this issue.
"We will continue to support access to truth for those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the death squads that were set up, directed and armed by the British state."