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Kelly calls on British government to release information on conflict deaths

14 January, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on the British Government to release information on the deaths of victims of the conflict to their families. 

Gerry Kelly was speaking after a party delegation, led by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, met with British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers today.

The North Belfast MLA said:

“A party delegation led by Martin McGuinness and which included myself and Carál Ní Chuilín met with British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers today to discuss the legacy of the past.

“We made it clear that the British government’s blanket veto on providing information to the families of victims of the conflict is unacceptable and   remains the biggest single obstacle in dealing with the legacy of the past.

“The British Government can resolve this issue easily by providing the information demanded by families on the deaths of their loved ones during the conflict.

“The British government committed at the Stormont House Agreement of December 2014 to provide maximum disclosure of information to the families.

“They have a responsibility to do this not only for the families of the victims of British state violence and collusion with loyalists death squads but for all victims of the conflict.

“The Irish government needs to live up to its responsibility too as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday and other international agreements and indeed to the victims of the Dublin/Monaghan bombings to ensure that the British government honours its commitments to truth and disclosure.” 

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