Mon 20th June
He said: “This was our darkest hour in South Armagh. In a sense there is nothing new in the details of the report which have appeared in the media. There has never been any serious doubt that the Provisional IRA was responsible. Few Provisional supporters ever seriously tried to deny it, and at the time some were openly proud of their work.
“This sordid record provides an opportunity to move forward in dealing with the past. The onus is now on Sinn Fein to live up to their own plans for a truth and reconciliation mechanism, by publicly accepting that the HET’s forensic evidence on the firearms used puts Provisional responsibility beyond question. Generalised expressions of indirect regret are not sufficient. They must also face up to the conclusion that this sectarian massacre had been planned for some time. They can no longer deny that the Provisional IRA was in the business of organising sectarian killings on a large scale.
“We are not dealing well with the past, we are not dealing properly with victims and survivors, because the dead hand of the Office of First and Deputy First Ministers controls the process. Sinn Fein could break the logjam by simple, honest acceptance of the truth that everyone knows about the sectarian massacre at Kingsmills.”
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