British stalling on legacy adds insult to injury – Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said today that British Secretary of State James Brokenshire must end his government’s stalling on dealing with the legacy of the past by implementing the agreement it signed up to at Stormont House two years ago.
Gerry Kelly said:
“The British government can end its stalling on dealing with legacy issues overnight by the implementation of the mechanisms set out in the Stormont House Agreement in a human rights compliant manner.
"Sinn Féin has tried on over a dozen occasions this year to engage the British government in a serious negotiation on dealing with the legacy of the past.
“To date there has been no real negotiation.
“The British government has refused to deal with the core issues of ending the NIO veto over disclosure of information to families - despite the families developing a set of principles which would deal with any NIO 'concerns' - just as they have refused to release funding for legacy inquests, as requested by the Lord Chief Justice.
"In addition they have refused to deal with the families' concerns around engaging competent legal counsel, who they know and have confidence in to represent their interests in any closed (CMP) courts.
“Instead of working constructively to address the hurt and pain caused by the legacy of our recent conflict, the British Government has, at every turn, blocked and frustrated all efforts to reach a resolution.
“In doing so they have compounded the suffering of victims and survivors and added insult to injury.”