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Villiers urged to meet with the victims.

Byline: MICHAEL MCHUGH

THE Secretary of State should meet the Victims and Survivors' Forum, it was claimed last night.

Victims Commissioner Kathryn Stone said they have been left disappointed and bemused by revelations surrounding the John Downey case.

Ms Stone called for greater openness and honesty over the Government's letters of assurance to on-the-run potential suspects - disclosed during the Hyde Park bomb case collapse.

Urging Theresa Villiers to meet relatives or survivors of those bereaved by 30 years of conflict, she said: "I am concerned that these are very serious matters.

"People have been very bitterly disappointed and bemused by the event.

"Judge Sweeney makes clear that these letters were never meant to be amnesty. There is a perception that that is the case and we need to make sure."

Ms Stone said the Government should spell out details in the Hyde Park judgment which appeared to rule out an amnesty.

She added: "People have taken this to mean not only will they not have access to justice but there will be no opportunity to access justice and that is very difficult for people to swallow.

"We need to be clear about that. There are a lot of myths, let's make sure that we have real clarity."

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