The Victims Forum has demanded an unreserved apology and explanation for the suspension of legacy issues from the latest Stormont agreement.
Forum members met yesterday today with the Victims Commissioner to discuss the Stormont Agreement - unveiled this week - and expressed how “hurt and appalled they were that legacy issues had been left to the side yet again”.
In a statement they said they had agreed that if the Forum is to continue to function “in any credible way for victims and survivors, an unreserved apology and explanation from those who signed off on this agreement is being urgently sought”.
“Therefore the Forum is demanding to meet with the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach as matter of urgency”.
The Forum unanimously reasserted their rights to “acknowledgement, truth, justice and reparation”.
And they stated that the victims who have paid a huge price and suffered the most “have been forgotten about once again”.
“The Forum expected the proposed measures to deal with the past to be victim centred, however, they were realistic about what could be achieved. They recognised that the truth is uncomfortable, but this should not have stopped progress on the comprehensive measures proposed.
“They concluded that all trust and confidence has now been lost in local politicians and that both Governments cannot continue to ignore the views of victims and survivors. The Forum was established in law to be the voice of victims, however, they firmly believe that this voice is no longer being heard.”
The forum consists of members drawn from across all political sectors.