British military and security services blocking progress on the past - Declan Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said British military and security services are blocking any progress on dealing with the legacy of the past.
Mr Kearney said;
"Theresa Villiers’ latest speech at the Ulster University has deepened, not lessened the impasse which is stopping progress on dealing with the past.
"The fact is that the British state has tried to absolve and distance the actions of its forces and agents from having any responsibility for the conflict, and the suffering experienced by all sides.
"Lifting a block on information about the actions of state forces and agents over 40, 30 or 20 years ago poses no threat to British national security by any definition.
"There is no actual or arguable way in which disclosure about the involvement of British soldiers in the Ballymurphy Massacre; the role of unionist paramilitary state agents in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings; or the assassination of Pat Finucane by unionist state agents could undermine British national security in the present-day geopolitical context.
"Margaret Thatcher personally approved and presided over numerous state-sanctioned assassinations.
"The national security pretext is about trying to keep the focus of information disclosure away from Downing Street, and the most senior levels of British state decision making."