Newton - end of Gurkha hunger strike is welcomed

East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton has welcomed the decision of the Gurkha veterans to call off their hunger strike.

Robin Newton said,

“The matter of equal pensions for these brave Gurkha veterans for service to the Crown before 1997 is one of fairness and equality. That Gurkha veterans, who have given faithful service to the nation, are being treated differently from soldiers from other regiments is nothing short of disgraceful.

The decision to enter talks with the Nepalese Embassy and the Ministry of Defence is a step in the right direction. However, it shouldn’t have needed the veterans to camp out and refuse food for this to happen. One 60-year-old Gurkha, refusing food for 13 days, required hospital treatment.

I’m certain the public fully support these brave, hard, and loyal soldiers in their campaign; public sympathy is with them as they seek pension equality. I wish them well as they seek a positive outcome to their just campaign.”

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