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Adams Support For Collusion Families

30 April, 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today attended an event in the Devonish Complex in Belfast organised by the families of those killed through the British State's collusion policy.

Speaking after meeting with bereaved family members Mr Adams said:

"The current British government has an obligation and a duty to the families of those killed through collusion to reveal the truth. So far the British system has steadfastly refused to face up to this issue.

" Their refusal to co-operate with a range of investigations into state and state-sponsored violence is symptomatic of a culture of concealment that infects the entire British system.

"They have obstructed the Saville Inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday, the Barron Inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings; they have refused to initiate full and independent inquiries into a number of controversial killings, and vital inquest evidence in respect of numerous state and state-linked killings is being withheld by the PSNI and the Chief Constable Hugh Orde.

"Collusion - the control, resourcing and direction of unionist death squads by British state agencies - was sanctioned at the highest level of the British government. It resulted in the deaths of hundreds of republicans, nationalists and Catholics. Twenty members of Sinn Fein, including elected Sinn Féin representatives, our family members and friends were killed in a vicious campaign of political terror.

" This is a human rights scandal, which anywhere else would have brought down governments. The murder of citizens through collusion with Unionist death squads has been and remains British state policy in Ireland. The apparatus is still in existence.

" The British government need to deal with this reality. These families cannot be sidelined or ignored any longer. They have a right to the truth also. Sinn Féin will continue to support these families and other families seeking truth and justice." ENDS

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