The UVF-linked PUP has said that there must be “safeguards” against “retribution” when dealing with the legacy of the Troubles.
The party yesterday published a four-page document, ‘Transforming the legacy 2’, as Dr Haass began his work.
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But the PUP paper said that “obviously there should be mechanisms and safeguards implemented which minimise calls for retribution and prevent the exacerbation of trauma, however this is for a formal body to determine rather than us and such a body has to be independent, neutral and beyond political influence”.
The postmodern document said that there could be no absolute truth about the Troubles because “truth is changeable”, arguing that there should therefore be no attempt to find “the truth” of what happened in the Troubles.
It added: “There can be no attempt to use a reconciliation process to enshrine narratives about who inflicted the most and who suffered the most.”
The PUP’s sole councillor, John Kyle, said that the document set out the party’s view that “conflict transformation must be a social rather than a political process. By that we mean that inclusivity is best served by addressing the interests of society rather than Northern Ireland’s political parties.”
The East Belfast representative said that there was a need for everyone to “take risks” and said that “adopting hard and fast positions is unhelpful”.