Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Great Britain's Prime Minister says he's sorry...

...for actions by British troops almost 30 years ago.

Here's an excerpt from a New York Times report:

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of unarmed demonstrators by British troops in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited investigation into the violence had left no doubt that the shootings were "both unjustified and unjustifiable."

"On behalf of our country, I am deeply sorry," Mr. Cameron said in a speech to Parliament. "What happened should never, ever have happened."

The violent events on Jan. 30, 1972, in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry, known as Bloody Sunday, triggered three decades of bitter and sectarian strife in Northern Island and became one of the most notorious single events in the recent history of the Troubles, which claimed more than 3,600 lives.

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