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British government must end veto on information for victims and families - Kelly

11 September, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on the British government to remove its veto on disclosing information to families who lost loved ones in the conflict as the way to progress.

His call follows the Secretary of States comments on legacy at the 2016 British Irish Association Conference at Oxford University.

Mr Kelly said:

"Victims of the conflict and their families have a right to the truth about the past.

"In his speech the British Secretary of State said families were frustrated that the current structures are not working.

"However, it is the British government who are causing the delay by insisting on the continued cover-up of British state murder and collusion through the use of a bogus 'national security' veto on disclosure.

"The British government must honour the commitments from the Stormont House Agreement and offer maximum disclosure to victims and families.

"If the British government was serious about meeting its commitments on legacy then as a first step it should immediately release the funding requested by the Lord Chief Justice for scores of inquests into conflict related killings."

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