STATEMENT FROM DOUG BEATTIE MC MLA – UUP LEADER
PARTY LEADERS` FORUM
The Ulster Unionist Party is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that innocent victims retain the right to pursue justice for their loved ones. However, what I will not do in pursuit of that goal is give cover to Sinn Fein who are misrepresenting the role of the Party Leaders` Forum as a political prop. I will not be attending discussions on legacy chaired by Sinn Fein.
It was Mary Lou McDonald who said that the IRA campaign was justified without a thought for the thousands of victims created by the IRA terror machine. As I said before, we need to widen the lens of discussions on legacy and that includes focusing in on the role of terrorist organisations, including the IRA, and those who supported them.