Northern Ireland secretary praises security forces who served with distinction and warns that inquiry is not working
James Brokenshire said inquiries were not working and backed the vast majority of soldiers and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) as having served with distinction.
Numerous former soldiers are facing prosecution for killings, including Dennis Hutchings, 75, from Cornwall, who has been charged with the attempted murder of a man with learning difficulties in 1974.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Brokenshire said: I am clear the current system is not working and we are in danger of seeing the past rewritten.
It is also clear the current focus is disproportionately on those who worked for the state former members of the armed forces and the RUC, the vast majority of whom served in Northern Ireland with great courage, professionalism and distinction.
I believe that with political will an agreement is within reach to deal with this important and sensitive issue.