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British government has failed to fulfill legacy responsibilities - Kearney

24 January, 2017 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said it is clear that the British government has no intention of delivering on its international obligations to deliver on equality and parity of esteem in the north, and is going to continue blocking progress on legacy issues.

Responding to James Brokenshire’s comments this morning, Mr Kearney said:

“James Brokenshire used this morning’s radio interviews on Radio Ulster and RTE One to move the goal posts once again on legacy by attempting to reframe the issue on terms that suits their narrative of the conflict.

“He is trying to ‘legalise’ impunity which was conferred on state forces during the conflict.

“That is unacceptable.

“His refusal to accept the British government has failed in its responsibility to implement key aspects of the Good Friday Agreement and other agreements confirms that British government policy towards the north is increasingly partisan, one sided and pro unionist.

“This British government is not neutral.

“A single unionist narrative has absolutely no credibility.

“British policy is a central part of the political problem, and has contributed directly to the current crisis at the heart of powersharing in the north.

“While the British government continues to posture as a neutral referee it is wasting time. The failure to meet its obligations to properly deal with the past and underpin equality and parity of esteem is deepening this crisis.” 

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