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Talks on Northern Ireland's past bid stalled

Published 03/11/2011

The Westminster government has rebuffed calls for all-party talks on dealing with Northern Ireland’s past.

The Stormont Assembly had passed a motion calling on Secretary of State Owen Paterson to convene the talks to “meet survivors’ needs”.

But Minister of State for Northern Ireland Hugo Swire backed away from the calls when he was asked about the motion during a Westminster debate.

Speaking at a meeting of the Northern Ireland Grand Committee, Mr Swire said: “We are committed to playing our part in this. But it has to be done locally.”

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