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Sinn Fein challenge Hain to come clean over position on Truth Debate

25 May, 2005

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Truth, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has challenged the new British Secretary of State Peter Hain to come clean on the position of the British government on its role in the conflict and its approach to the debate on truth, healing and closure.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Sinn Féin is committed to an full and honest debate about truth and truth recovery. This is a debate that has gathered momentum over the last couple of years, particularly in the context of conflict resolution.

"Tomorrow's engagement is part of Sinn Féin's ongoing consultation process.

"The fact is that the families of victims and campaign groups have kept the issues of truth recovery and justice live political issues.

"Sinn Fein share the concerns of many people, that the British government does not want a genuine discussion about a truth process and that it only wants to engage in the debate on its own terms. This is the wrong approach.

"There can be no hierarchy of victims.

"The demand for this issue to be resolved is out there, the British government cannot close the door on the issues raised or indeed continue to frustrate the demand of families for truth and closure. Neither can the British government continue to pretend that it is an honest broker in all of this because the British government was a central protagonist in the conflict and directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of people.

"This is the challenge to Peter Hain." ENDS

Note to Editor
The Sinn Féin working group on truth recovery will convene a roundtable discussion on the issue involving groups affected by state sponsored murder and collusion, tomorrow Thursday 26th May at 12.30 pm in Stormont.

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