Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the terrible events of October 1993 could have resulted in behind-the-scenes peace efforts collapsing.
“Those involved in attempting to build a viable peace process could so easily have walked away. Thankfully, they didn’t. The terrible cycle of violence had to be broken,” he said.
“Regrettably, the peace process came too late for those who lost their lives at Greysteel and before.
“Unfortunately, that cannot be changed and we are forever left to wonder what might have been had we all have done things differently in the past.”
He said he hoped the current Haass talks would be an opportunity to inject “new momentum” into the political process.