Police plans to interview retired soldiers about Bloody Sunday may undermine the Haass talks on the past, a DUP MP has warned.
The PSNI confirmed yesterday that police interviews with up to 20 soldiers — most of whom are now pensioners — involved in Bloody Sunday are expected to begin within about a year.
A police spokesman said that preliminary work has begun on the investigation and that police will be asking for witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry to now make statements to detectives.
DUP Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson said last night: “Many people in Northern Ireland will be concerned by this and the apparent unwillingness to devote resources to thousands of unsolved terrorist murders.
“And yet we see the PSNI is investigating Bloody Sunday and holding the soldiers to account. This would undoubtedly undermine any talks process — including the Haass talks. While we do need to get to grips with the past, we cannot have a one-sided process where it is the Army and police in the dock with the terrorists walking free.”
Stormont minister Danny Kennedy yesterday drew negative comparisons between the police Bloody Sunday probe and how the PSNI reinvestigated the IRA’s Kingsmills massacre. He said: “We have had no feedback from police on Kingsmills in over a year, despite many meetings. I think people will contrast police actions at one level with progress on another.”