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'British Chief of the Defence Staff comments extremely insulting to families and victims of the conflict' - Dillon

3 August, 2018 - by Linda Dillon


Sinn Féin legacy spokesperson Linda Dillon has branded comments by the British Chief of the Defence Staff as extremely insulting to families and victims of the conflict.

The Mid-Ulster MLA was responding to comments from Nick Carter that “he will not allow British soldiers to be chased by people making vexatious claims about their conduct during the conflict in the north”.Linda Dillon said:“I would call on the British Chief of the Defence Staff to provide evidence of any such ‘vexatious claims’.“These comments are extremely insulting and will provide further hurt to families and victims of the conflict some of whom have waited over 40 years for closure by way of an Article 2 investigation or inquest or the timely provision of disclosure in relation to the circumstances surrounding the death of their loved ones.“During the conflict, State forces operated with impunity and we will resist any attempt to legalise this policy, which constituted an integral aspect of the British Government’s sustained abuse of the human rights of Irish citizens both during and after the conflict.“The British Chief of the Defence Staff should acquaint himself with the facts and the best way to do this would be by meeting with the families in order to understand the hurt such claims make.“Sinn Féin fully support the legacy mechanisms which were agreed at Stormont House and are currently out for consultation and we would encourage everyone to make a submission to this.

“We will continue to stand with those families and all victims and survivors as we demand the full implementation of all agreements.” 

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