In a statement from Downing Street, it was stated that Prime Minister Johnson apologized in a telephone conversation with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and First Deputy Minister Michelle O’Neill.
In the statement, “Prime Minister Johnson said the results of the published Ballymurphy official investigation were very sad and the events of August 1971 were tragic. Johnson said the events in Ballymurphy and the prolonged search for truth caused the families of the murdered to be in great pain. He apologized unconditionally on behalf of “.
The apology was stated a day after an investigation in Northern Ireland found that the use of force in Ballymurphy was unfair.
‘Apologies are NOT PUBLIC AND INSUFFICIENT’
In the news in the local media, it was stated that the statement from Downing Street came after the fact that it took 50 years to determine the truth and the increasing pressure from political leaders and families of the murdered for an official apology.
Some of the family members of those killed in Ballymurphy made a statement to the local media and stated that the apology was asked not by the families but by third parties and it was not open to the public, and it was stated that Prime Minister Johnson’s apology was not enough. It was also stated that an apology in the House of Commons might be more respectful.
‘THE 10 PERSONS KILLED WERE UNARMED, INNOCENT CIVILS’
The investigation in Northern Ireland revealed that 10 people killed in Belfast during the British military operation in 1971 were unarmed, innocent civilians and posed no threat to the soldiers.
While it was determined that 9 of the dead were killed by the soldiers using force without justification, it was stated in the investigation that it was not determined who killed the 10th victim, John Mckerr.