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Sinn Féin launch document on Truth

24 September, 2003

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams along with party colleagues Cllr. Alex Maskey, Cathy Staunton and spokesperson on Victims issues Cllr. Phillip McGuigan this morning launched a discussion document on the issues of Truth and Truth Recovery Processes.

Mr. Adams said:

"Sinn Féin accept that there are genuine fears and doubts around the whole issue of truth and truth recovery processes. However it is clear that many victims and survivors of the conflict believe that some formal collective examination of the past is necessary for them to find closure. This document will be distributed to the two governments, other political parties, campaigning groups, NGOs and the community and voluntary sector.

"When we signed the Good Friday Agreement five years ago, we all agreed that it 'is essential to acknowledge and address the suffering of the victims of violence as a necessary element of reconciliation'. Since then there have been sporadic, if vague, calls for some sort of truth process.

"We are mindful of the many difficulties a truth recovery process will hold for all sections of our society as we attempt to move from conflict. Yet it is an issue that needs to be addressed and we offer this discussion document as a genuine contribution to that." ENDS

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