Northern Ireland

Victims Commissioners to meet Irish Foreign minister

Micheal Martin
Image caption Micheal Martin is meeting the three Victims Commissioners in Dublin

Commissioners for Victims and Survivors are meeting Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin in Dublin on Wednesday to discuss their proposals for dealing with the past.

Last week the Commission outlined a series of action steps for next year.

It submitted advice to Secretary of State Owen Paterson, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

The Commission will also meet other politicians during their visit.

The Commission is urging the British and Irish Governments to act together by creating a talks process with political and civic leaders aimed at reaching agreement on new arrangements for dealing with the past.

The three Victims Commissioners want to see an agreement hammered out by April 2011 and new mechanisms in place by the Autumn of 2011.

Speaking ahead of the visit, the Chair of the Commission Patricia MacBride said many victims and survivors believe that politicians are not really interested in addressing the past.

"The Irish Government has a crucial role to play.

"Acting in partnership, the two governments need to get people round the table to design arrangements which can win the confidence of all sides."

The Commissioners are also due to meet with the leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny and Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore at Leinster House.