Comprehensive agreement on the past needed – McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said there needs to be a comprehensive agreement to deal with the legacy of the conflict. Raymond, Pearse & Padraig2

He was speaking after a protest was held at Stormont by relatives of victims of state violence and collusion,

The Foyle MLA said

“The British government has a clear responsibility to deal with the legacy of the past but to do that it must acknowledge its own role in the conflict.

“It was not an independent party to the conflict, it was a combatant.

“The British government cannot and must not be allowed to abdicate its responsibilities in relation to state and state-sponsored violence.

“A comprehensive agreement is required to deal with all victims and the British government needs to be part of that.

“We need to see a victims-centred approach on dealing with the past where the needs of victims are put first.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support victims in their campaign for justice.”