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British government must deal with collusion

29 September, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that British Secretary of State Peter Hain cannot effectively address the issue of Unionist paramilitary violence without addressing the issue of collusion.

Mr McCartney said:

"The call by Peter Hain for Unionist paramilitaries to follow the lead by the IRA to put their weapons beyond use and declare an end to their campaign cannot be done in isolation from the issue of collusion.

"The fact that the British Government through a deliberate policy armed, trained and organised the unionist paramilitary gangs also needs to be addressed. The British Government cannot portray itself as an honest broker as though they played no part in the development of Unionist death squads.

"The Brian Nelson affair exposed the British Government the policy of collusion with the importation of thousand of South African arms and the murders of many hundreds of Nationalists including solicitors Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson.

"The British Government must come clean about collusion if we are to have any faith that this policy has finished to enable us to move forward confident that the British government are living up to the commitments of achieving political change in a completely peaceful and democratic way." ENDS

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