ADAMS: ‘I REPUBBLICANI DOVREBBERO AIUTARE LA COMMISSIONE PER LA VERITA’
Adams invita i repubblicani a collaborare con quella che sarà la commissione per la verità sui Troubles e il conflitto nordirlandese
Gerry Adams vorrebbe che un’organizzazione internazionale, quale potrebbe essere l’ONU, supervisionasse ogni presa in esame del conflitto nordirlandese, per assicurare che venga indagato l’operato dell’Inghilterra come parte in causa e responsabile di violenze.
Il leader del Sinn Fein ha detto che i governi britannico e irlandese hanno avuto un ruolo importante da svolgere, ma ha affermato che il governo di Londra non può esercitare alcun controllo sui tentativi di districare le questioni al centro dei Troubles, perché l’Inghilterra era una delle parti in un conflitto lungo anni.
“Il Sinn Fein ha da tempo chiesto l’istituzione di una Independent International Truth Commission per affrontare le cause e le conseguenze del conflitto”, ha dichiarato Adams.
“Noi ripetiamo oggi quella chiamata.”
“Invito i repubblicani a partecipare e a svolgere un ruolo pieno in una Independent International Truth Commission.”
Circa 3.700 persone hanno perso la vita durante i Troubles: 1.700 persone uccise da parte dell’IRA, oltre 1.100 uccisi dai lealisti, mentre la polizia e l’esercito ne hanno ucciso circa 360.
Il Sinn Fein sostiene che uno dei punti cardini resta il stabilire o meno un collusione tra i servizi segreti e le organizzazioni paramilitari lealiste con l’accento sul ruolo giocato dagli agenti segreti nell’armare i lealisti.
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‘Republicans should help truth commission’ – Adams (U TV)
Republicans should co-operate with any future Truth Commission on the Northern Ireland Troubles, Sinn Fein has said.
But the party’s president, Gerry Adams, said an international organisation such as the United Nations should oversee any examination of the conflict to ensure Britain’s role in the years of violence is also probed.
Mr Adams published a Sinn Fein document responding to proposals currently being reviewed by the Government on how best to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.
The Sinn Fein leader said the British and Irish Governments had an important role to play but he argued that London could not oversee any bid to untangle the issues at the heart of the Troubles because Britain was a party to the long-running conflict.
This comes after the Consultative Group on the Past, chaired by former Church of Ireland Primate Lord Eames and former Northern Ireland Policing Board vice chair Denis Bradley, proposed a Legacy Commission as a part of a blueprint to examine murders from the Troubles and to study controversies from the era.
Mr Adams said: “Sinn Fein have long called for the establishment of an Independent International Truth Commission to deal with the causes and consequences of the conflict.”
“We repeat that call today. The proposed Legacy Commission is not an independent international truth recovery process.”
“For a truth recovery process to be successful and to deliver for bereaved families and survivors it needs to have maximum participation.”
“I would call on republicans to participate and play a full role in an Independent International Truth Commission.”
The Government has already dropped an Eames/Bradley proposal for a one-off “recognition payment” of £12,000 to the bereaved relatives of all those who died in the Troubles.
Unionists had objected to any move which would equate the relatives of dead paramilitaries with the families of security force members killed by such organisations.
Republicans said all victims are currently equal under the law and said the British Government decision was evidence of the need to prevent London controlling any truth recovery process for fear it would always operate in British and unionist interests.
Approximately 3,700 people lost their lives during the Troubles.
The death toll included more than 1,700 people killed by the IRA, over 1,100 killed by loyalists, while the police and Army killed around 360 people.
Sinn Fein said questions remain over the evidence of security force collusion with loyalist paramilitaries and it raised the role of security service agents in the arming of loyalist gangs.
Mr Adams said any future moves to review the causes of the Troubles had to examine its historical context and had to ensure any process had widespread community support.
The Sinn Fein document on the way forward, which is to be handed to the British and Irish Governments, said the past remains contentious because it is tied in to the political battles of today.
The document quoted film-maker Ken Loach, whose work has covered Irish affairs, who was cited as having said: “The past is being contested because the future is being contested.”
Mr Adams added: “The two Governments should authorise a reputable body, such as the UN to devise and implement a process which will guarantee independence and ensure confidence and participation in any future Truth Commission.”
He said: “These are issues which need to be addressed if we are to deal with the effects of the conflict.”
“Looking after victims and victims’ families and survivors is a significant and important part of this.”