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Serious concerns over British government's approach to dealing with the past - Kelly

29 October, 2015 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said relatives and victims' groups are seriously concerned at the British government’s attempts to roll back on commitments made on dealing with the past. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"I have met with representatives of a number of victims’ groups who are seriously concerned about the British government attempting to roll back from commitments on dealing with the legacy of the past.

"Many of these people have been campaigning for truth for decades.

“They were anxious and upset after meeting a representative of the British government to discuss the progress of legislation on dealing with the legacy of the past. 

“The British and Irish governments agreed at Stormont House on the need to provide justice and truth recovery mechanisms that would give disclosure to families of victims of the conflict.

"The British government's legislation on dealing with the legacy of the past is in clear breach of that Agreement.

"The legislation being proposed by Theresa Villiers and her colleagues in the British government is about hiding the British state’s role as a central player in the conflict and its collusion with unionist death squads. That is unacceptable. 

"All measures to deal with the past, including any legislation, must reflect the commitments made at Stormont House by the parties and the two governments."

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