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Unionist 'obsession' with hierarchy of victims

25 August, 2006

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Truth, Philip McGuigan MLA speaking after today's (Friday, 25th August) meeting of the 'Preparation for Government' committee at Stormont has said that the Unionists' obsession with reinforcing a hierarchy of victims scuppered proposals around a Victims' Forum and an inclusive Day of Remembrance.

Mr McGuigan said:

"The obsession of both the UUP and DUP with propagating divisive myths about a hierarchy of victims scuppered two proposals designed to cater for the needs of those who suffered as a result of the conflict.

"Unionists need to grow up and recognise that their determination to politicise victims' issues only serves to disenfranchise all victims.

"A consensus was reached on making victims' issues a priority for any future Executive and on the need for the British government to deliver on the recommendations of the Commission for the location of bodies and for a liaison officer.

"Unionists then refused to support a proposal that the Inquiries agreed at Weston Park, including those into the murders of Pat Finucane and Robert Hamill, should be fully independent and allowed to get to the truth. This speaks volumes about their partisan approach to the issues of truth recovery and healing.

"Sinn Féin wants a focused discussion around a Truth Process based on full disclosure and co-operation from all the protagonists, not a partial one designed to hide the truth about Britain's dirty war in Ireland." ENDS

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