Irish Republican News · May 12, 2004
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[Irish Republican News]
Talks planned on ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ process

The British government is to begin a new consultation with victims’ groups and other organisations in the first step of a ‘truth and reconciliation’ process.

Meanwhile, the PSNI police have confirmed that they are to set up a unit to investigate unsolved killings.

Concerns over police handling of loyalist/British murders have multiplied in recent months, with new questions being asked about investigations in several such killings.

The British government is now pursuing a formula to bring an end to the demands for public inquiries by bereaved families who have been denied justice or truth.

Its Northern Ireland Office is set to begin a general consultation by first talking to victims’ groups, academics and churches, followed by a wider consultation process with the general public.

Meanwhile, condemned reports that the PSNI are to set up a unit to reinvestigate unsolved killings have been condemned by Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has

He said this would “again reinforce the sense of cover up and collusion.

“No killings carried out by the Crown forces will be part of this investigation. The families of those people killed through the policy of collusion will have little confidence in the PSNI carrying out any investigation.

“After all it was the Special Branch who were actively involved in formulating and carrying out the collusion policy and covering up countless killings over the past 30 years. The same Special Branch which remains at the heart of the PSNI today.”

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