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David Cameron tells the Commons he is deeply sorry for what happened on Bloody Sunday

Highlights, not verbatim:

David Cameron Commons crop We have acted in good faith by publishing the findings of the Saville Inquiry as soon as possible after the election.

The conclusions are clear, there are no ambiguities - what happened on Bloody Sunday was unjustified, and wrong.

The soldiers who went into the Bogside did so as a result of an order that should not have been given; the first shot was fired by the British army; there was no warning given by the British soldiers before opening fire; many soldiers put forward false accounts to justify their firing.

Some who were shot were fleeing, another was mortally wounded on the ground; no casualty was posing a threat or casuing injuries that could justify the shooting.

It's not for poiltiicans to talk in terms of murder or unlawful killing.

You don't defend the army by defending the indefensible or hiding from the truth.

It is clear that the events of Bloody Sunday were in no way justified.

Bloody Sunday is something I have learnt about rather than lived through. What happened should never have happened. The Government is ultimately respoinisble for the actions of the army and for what happened, on behalf of the Government, I am deeply sorry.

There was no cover up by the British Government.

Martin McGuinness was present and armed with a sub machine gun but did not engage in activity that justified the soldiers opening fire.

Bloody Sunday is not the defining story of the service given by British soldiers in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The armed forces displayed professionalism in upholding the forces of law and democracy which laid the grounds for the peace process.

No more inquiries of this kind will happen but today is not the time for discussing the process.

Bloody Sunday was a tragedy for the bereaved and wounded and a catastrophe for Northern Ireland. We must not dismiss the past but must move on.

Jonathan Isaby


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