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Talks push over legacy of Troubles

The Alliance Party is to call on Secretary of State Owen Paterson to convene all-party talks to address Northern Ireland’s violent past.

The party, which has put the appeal on the Assembly agenda for next week, said the needs of victims and survivors of the Troubles need to be met.

Its motion has been proposed by Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle. He said: “It is imperative that there are urgent talks between parties so victims’ and survivors’ needs can be met and we can establish a process to deal with what happened during the Troubles.

“Instead of looking at events in a fragmented way, we must find a way towards creating a comprehensive and over-arching process.”

Mr Lyttle added that the British and Irish governments should be involved in the fractious issue.

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