Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Durkan's Bloody Sunday stance

Mark Durkan quoted Jonathan Powell's book on BBC's Spotlight programme, stating that Martin McGuinness had told Tony Blair if there was an apology for Bloody Sunday that would have sufficed for the families.



Again, Mark was totally misleading the public and hiding behind Jonathan Powell's book in an effort to embarrass Martin McGuinness.

In fact, Mr McGuinness stated that if the British Government had told the truth from day one then there would have been no need for an inquiry ever to have taken place.

Mark needs to know that day one was the afternoon of January 30, 1972 - not the 1990s after the new Saville Report was secured when the SDLP came onboard.

In 1973, when Sinn Fein organised the first remembrance march, the SDLP stated: 'Don't be raising the issue; let the dead rest in peace.' Sinn Féin continued the march and to campaign until the families were strong enough to take it on further.

If it had been left to the SDLP, there never would have been a remembrance march, no campaign and no Saville Inquiry.

Mark Durkan, while telling the participants of this year's march of the necessity to prevent the Ministry of Defence highjacking the report before the families got to see it, was quiet about the fact that, as leader of the SDLP, one of his MLAs - Thomas Burns - was authorised to visit Afghanistan to view British military operations at the behest of the same Ministry of Defence.

These British Army regiments included the Parachute Regiment that murdered the people of Derry back in 1972.

The people of Derry know where Martin McGuinness stands in relation to Bloody Sunday.

What we want to know is where does the SDLP stand.

DALE MOORE

Derry

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