The IRA’s secret killing and burying of victims accused of passing information to the British security services during the conflict in the north was cruel and unjustified, Martin McGuinness said.
The Deputy First Minister appealed for anybody with information about undiscovered remains of the Disappeared to give it to somebody in authority.
Mr McGuinness said: “What happened to those families was totally and absolutely wrong. I believe it was cruel, I believe it was unjustified. Of course the IRA were responsible.”
Mr McGuinness told MLAs at a meeting of the Stormont Assembly: “I and other republican leaders have over the course of a number of years been involved in exhorting anyone with any scrap of information whatsover about the location of these bodies to bring them forward and that has brought considerable success for some families but sadly not for others, and I would reiterate my appeal to anyone out there in the community who was in any way involved in any of these situations to bring forward that information.”
There was a responsibility “on everybody, including myself as a republican leader” to help the families.