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Remembrance Day for terror victims needed

The recent show of solidarity by politicians across the political spectrum at the Assembly around the horrific events which occurred in Paris was heartening.

As a natural progression, Innocent Victims United now formally calls upon Northern Ireland's political parties to each confirm their agreement that the European Day in Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism be formally recognised and marked in the Assembly this year and every year thereafter. The date set aside is March 11 (the date of the Madrid bombings in 2004).

This is an issue that has exercised our membership and which was contained within the Victims Contract, which we launched prior to the European Elections last year.

Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism. The murders in Paris should be viewed absolutely no differently than all those lost through terrorism in the Northern Ireland context and this should and must be formally observed by our political system at Stormont.

KENNY DONALDSON

Innocent Victims United

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