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British government must clarify position on dealing with legacy - O'Neill

16 May, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill spoke with British Secretary of State Karen Bradley today and challenged her to clarify the British government’s position on dealing with the legacy of the conflict.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The comments made by the British Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt undermine the legacy mechanisms agreed by the two governments and five main parties at Stormont House.

“Penny Mordaunt’s proposals introduce a statute of limitations and represent an attempt by the state to bring in legislation to prevent any members of the British state forces from being charged with murder.

“I spoke today with British Secretary of State Karen Bradley and challenged her to explicitly explain and publicly clarify her government’s policy on the matter.

“Karen Bradley told me the comments from Penny Mordaunt do not reflect official British government policy but I made it clear to her that the onus is now on the British government to eliminate public confusion and clarify their exact position as a matter of urgency.    

“No one can be above the law, all victims and survivors should have the same access to processes of truth and justice, there can be no immunity or impunity for British forces guilty of crime, collusion and murder in Ireland.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the families in their pursuit of truth and justice.”

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