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Anderson welcomes European Committee of Ministers decision on legacy

13 December, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a move by the Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe to call on the British Government to implement legacy investigations and inquests.

Ms Anderson said; 

“The British Government for far too long have tried to delay and deny outstanding legacy cases. For this they must be held to account. Families deserve to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones.

“Progress on legacy was made in the December 2014 Stormont House Agreement where all parties involved including the British Government agreed a series of mechanisms to deal with outstanding legacy cases. The British government must now fully implement these measures. 

“I welcome Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD’s recent comments that the Irish Government are concerned at the British government's continuing failure to properly resource legacy inquests. 

“The decision by the Committee of Ministers further demonstrates that British Government can no longer put its head in the sand, it must live up to its prior commitments and acknowledge their role in the conflict in the North." 

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