Belfast Telegraph

Congressmen urging UK to act now over Northern Ireland legacy issues

By Victoria Leonard

A group of 16 US Congressmen has written to the UK Government to express concern over the "lack of progress" on legacy issues in Northern Ireland.

It comes just days after former US President Bill Clinton made an emotional plea to "save the peace" during his visit to Belfast to accept the Freedom of the City.

The letter, addressed to the British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, raises concerns over the "ongoing absence of adequate resources for coroners' investigations" into Troubles-related deaths, and the work of the Historical Investigations Unit.

The authors say they are "concerned by a proposal in Westminster for a statute of limitations for British military personnel".

Last month a High Court judge compelled authorities in Belfast and London to reconsider funds for legacy inquests.

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill said: "I welcome this important initiative by the US representatives and thank them for their continued support for the Irish peace process and the families of the victims."

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