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MP urges all-party talks on legacy of Troubles

All-party talks should be held on how to deal with the past, an MP has said.

East Belfast MP Naomi Long said consensus must be found on how the needs of victims can be addressed.

The Ministry of Defence is planning to compensate families of the 1972 Bloody Sunday victims. Unionists have questioned why other victims are not to receive payments.

The Alliance Party deputy leader said: “I am calling on the Secretary of State Owen Paterson to convene talks as soon as possible amongst parties here to get started on agreeing a way forward.”

The Consultative Group on the Past, co-chaired by Lord Eames and Denis Bradley, reported in 2009 on ways of dealing with Northern Ireland's troubled legacy. Among its proposals was a £12,000 recognition payment to the families of all killed during the Troubles including perpetrators, a plan which produced protest from victims and unionists.

Ms Long said Eames/Bradley provided a credible basis on which a process could be built.

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