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British Government must Eend the pretence over their role in the conflict

7 June, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth Philip McGuigan today said that recent damning revelations about the involvement of British State agents and agencies in the systematic murder of citizens demonstrated clearly why the British government cannot be the arbiter in any truth recovery process and why an international dimension is vital.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Last year the British government indicated that it intended to take the lead in formulating a process to deal with the past. At that time we said that this was unacceptable. The British government continue to refuse to acknowledge their role in the conflict and still at every twist and turn attempt to frustrate the search for truth and justice.

"In the Baron and Saville Tribunals and the Tyrone inquests the British government have deliberately withheld information and destroyed evidence and they continue to refuse to establish an independent judicial inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane. It has now been established beyond any doubt that the British State agents and agencies were involved in a widespread campaign of murder against the nationalist and republican community. These are facts which cannot be ignored by the British government.

"Any truth recovery process must be independent of the protagonists in the conflict. Clearly this means that the British government cannot have a lead role in establishing such a process. People simply will not accept the British government attempting to pretend that they are some kind of innocent bystander without a vested interest when all of the evidence points to exactly the opposite being the case." ENDS

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