Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness today laid a wreath in memory of the tens of thousands from Ireland killed during the Battle of the Somme.
Speaking from Thiepval Wood, Mr McGuinness said;
“It was very important for me to come here and to demonstrate respect and to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme and the millions from all nations killed in a catastrophic imperialist war.
“We have a shared and complex history on the island of Ireland. As we move forward we all have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in a way that is respectful and encourages reconciliation among our people.
“I hope that my presence here contributes to that reconciliation process in a positive and constructive way.” Ends/Críoch