Northern Irish conflict: London rejects “amnesty”

Northern Irish conflict: London rejects "amnesty"

(Belga) Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the British government has abandoned plans to abandon all legal proceedings related to the Northern Irish conflict and to preserve “immunity” for collaborators.

Last July, London unveiled a controversial plan to end all prosecution related to the Northern Irish conflict, condemning it as a “map” from all sides. “We’ll been listening to a lot of people over the last few months and reflecting on what we’ve heard,” Boris Johnson said in an op-ed published by the Belfast Telegraph ahead of his visit to the province on Monday. Preventing political paralysis there in the midst of crises over post-Brexit arrangements. “Dealing with the past will always require tough decisions, but there will never be a general amnesty,” Boris Johnson said. “Only those who cooperate can be immunized, and those who do not can initiate prosecution.” The plan is due to be tabled in Parliament this week. Before the end of the peace treaty in 1998, 3,500 people were killed in clashes between loyalists, mainly Protestants, supporters of the British retention of the province, Republicans, and mainly Catholics and extremists for the reunification of the island. When announcing the initial plan to include British troops and paramilitary units, British Minister for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis acknowledged the difficulties but argued that “this is the best solution to help Northern Ireland move forward on the path to reconciliation”. This question was at the heart of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972, when British soldiers killed 13 Catholic protesters. (Belga)

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