Long gives broad welcome to Victims’ Commission paper on dealing with the past

East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long has broadly welcomed the advice to government paper from the Commission for Victims and Survivors on dealing with the past. She said that the emphasis on reconciliation, justice and fairness is particularly helpful.

Naomi Long MP said: “This paper provides a welcome input on how to address the past.

“It is useful that the Commission is asking the governments to bring forward proposals within a certain time period. For too long, governments have failed to take a decision on the best way forward and victims deserve clarity on how the past will be dealt with.

“We need to address the legacy of the past in a holistic way and examine all options in terms of seeking the truth and helping heal pain. It is also extremely important that there is a balance between dealing with the past and building for the future. I am pleased that this report recognises that this balance is required.

“Any process which the government might establish regarding the past must help build and secure a shared future for Northern Ireland . We need to ensure that the events of the troubles are never repeated, and creating a united community will help us tackle prejudice and protect peace.

“While it will take time to fully consider all the proposals within this report, the emphasis it places on reconciliation, justice and fairness is very helpful.”


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