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‘British amnesty can’t be part of any deal’ - Kelly

24 January, 2018 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly has reiterated that an amnesty for British soldiers cannot be part of any resolution on dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking ahead of a Westminster debate tomorrow on a so-called ‘statute of limitations’ that would prevent the prosecution of former members of British State forces for crimes committed during the conflict here.

“An amnesty for British soldiers cannot be part of any resolution on legacy,” he said. “Everyone needs to be equal under the law, and there can be no immunity for people who have killed Irish citizens.

“That is a basic principle and the DUP were adamant during negotiations that there should be no amnesties, despite the fact that two of their MPs have decided to support the statute of limitations.

“The way forward on legacy is not through self-serving and selective amnesties. It is in the implementation of the mechanisms of the Stormont House Agreement.

“In that agreement, all parties endorsed legacy mechanisms which should have been operational long before now.

“The reason they aren’t is because they have been blocked by the British Government which is still refusing to honour its commitments under the Stormont House Agreement and to abide by their international obligations to victims.” 

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