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Sinn Fein challenge Hain to come clean over position on Truth Debate

12 January, 2006


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Truth, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has challenged British Secretary of State Peter Hain to state clearly his Government's approach to the issues of truth, healing and closure.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Sinn Féin wants a full, open and honest debate about truth recovery and dealing with the past. The British Government is hiding from this.

"Any objective examination of the British Government's approach to date on this question will show that its overriding concern has consistently been to hide the truth about its own role in the conflict.

"Over the past two years the British Government has introduced The Inquiries Act, established the Historical Enquiries Team and appointed a DUP nominated Victims' Commissioner. All cynical, tactical measures designed to postpone and frustrate the search for truth.

"It is only the relentless efforts of victims' families and campaign groups which have kept the issues of truth recovery and justice live political issues.

"Sinn Féin is quite clear about this - the past is not going to simply go away and the British government cannot close the door on it.

"Peter Hain should set himself the task of becoming the first British Secretary of State to tell the truth about his government's role in Ireland.

"As a first step, Peter Hain should encourage his government to acknowledge its role as a central protagonist in the conflict. Its attempts to maintain the pretence that it is or was some sort of honest broker are the single greatest obstacle to finding a way of dealing with the past." ENDS



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