Speeches, etc.

Margaret Thatcher

Written Statement on Warrenpoint and Mountbatten murders

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: ?No.10 Downing Street
Source: Thatcher Archive
Editorial comments: Time of issue uncertain, but later than the press statement on Mountbatten (the Warrenpoint bomb exploded five hours after that at Mullaghmore). (BBC Radio News Report 2200 27 August carries a report of this statement.)
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 124
Themes: Monarchy, Northern Ireland, Terrorism

“By their actions today, the terrorists have added yet another infamous page to their catalogue of atrocity and cowardice. If reports of their involvement in the death of Lord Mountbatten prove true, they will earn the condemnation and contempt of people of goodwill everywhere. By the same token, the senseless murder of members of the security forces has reinforced the repugnance felt for those who seek to advance their political ends by these evil means. The Government will spare no effort to ensure that those responsible for these and for all other acts of terrorism are brought to justice. The people of the United Kingdom will wage the war against terrorism with relentless determination until it is won.”