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Legislation on OTRs should not apply to Crown Forces

30 November, 2005


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness today said that the legislation required to deal with the small number of OTRs should not apply in any way to members of the British State Forces.

Mr McGuinness said:

" Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the inclusion of British state forces in the current OTR legislation. The British government is responsible for British state killings and the policy of collusion with unionist death squads. The British government is responsible for the decades of cover up and concealment which have accompanied this policy.

" Sinn Féin members were a primary target of the policy of collusion and political assassination operated by the British state. When others were in denial about this policy Sinn Féin was the only party which stood by the families. That remains our unswerving position.

" As both the British and Irish governments have admitted, the inclusion of British state forces in the current legislation was never discussed with Sinn Féin. It was never agreed by Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin has made clear to the British government that the legislation should apply only to OTRs and not to British state forces." ENDS

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