Elliott welcomes statement by Secretary of State pledging justice for victims

Ulster Unionist Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott has welcomed comments made by the newly appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP, in which he stated the need for all those guilty of committing acts of terrorism during the Troubles to face justice.

Mr Elliott said:

"In his statement the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has demonstrated, even at this early stage, his intention to engage with victims’ groups of differing perspectives, in an effective and constructive manner.

"I support his call for those guilty of crimes during the Troubles to be brought to justice. It is crucial that we do not forget the victims. Many innocent lives were lost as a result of the deliberate actions of terrorists and it is therefore only right that those responsible for these horrific events are brought to justice.

"The constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone is situated on the border with the Republic of Ireland and this in itself presented unique and troubling circumstances during the Troubles that some other areas perhaps did not face. I plan to contact the Secretary of State in order to highlight this point to him, and to seek out a credible, progressive plan for bringing to justice those terrorists that were responsible for so many atrocities in my constituency.

"I will also remind the Secretary of State of the importance of supporting those victims and their families who still seek clarification on unresolved cases - including the Enniskillen bombing - as well as the need to ensure their voices continue to be heard going forward. During my Westminster election campaign I pledged to speak up for those in my constituency who felt they had no voice and that is exactly what I plan to do."

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