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British government trying to obscure role in conflict - Kearney

29 January, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has described James Brokenshire's remarks on the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday as offensive and despicable.

Mr Kearney said:

 "This week the British Government has intensified its public opposition to properly dealing with the past.

"During interviews on BBC and RTE radio earlier this week James Brokenshire attempted to move the goal posts again on the legacy issue.

“Today James Brokenshire once more sought to justify the impunity conferred on state forces during the conflict.

"It is both offensive and despicable that he chose the anniversary of Bloody Sunday to do so. 

"The British government is desperately trying to write itself out of its responsibility for the conflict, and to obscure its central role in the conflict.

"British forces were directly involved in state sponsored killings and also in a campaign of systemic collusion and state-sanctioned executions through surrogate unionist death squads. There was nothing proportionate about their actions.

"This British government is not neutral. James Brokenshire is not an independent referee. The single unionist narrative he is promoting in association with the DUP has no credibility.

"British policy perpetuated the conflict and it is now a major part of the current crisis. Rather than defending and protecting British military forces, James Brokenshire should release the funds for legacy inquests, lift the British government veto on maximum information disclosure, and allow the legacy mechanisms to be established immediately."

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