Five months after the terrorist attack on the In Amenas gas plant in January 2013 grieving families still have too many unanswered questions.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper used a Parliamentary debate on Wednesday 12 June 2013 to call on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide more information and start to provide answers to explain how and why their loved ones died.
MP Rosie spoke about the case of Garry Barlow who was one of six British nationals killed during the attack in Algeria earlier this year. Members of Garry’s family live in West Lancashire.
During the debate MP Rosie challenged the Foreign Office Minister, Mark Simmonds MP, to answer questions in four main areas:
- Information on the motivation and reasons for the attack
- whether the safety of foreign workers had been given enough priority by their employers advising them it was safe to travel to Algeria
- the Government’s response during and after the attack; and
- the effectiveness of the investigation.
Speaking ahead of the debate, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“If we strip away all the corporate interests, the security interests, the ideological battles and the national interests – at the heart of the In Amenas attack and this debate are families who have lost their loved ones in the most horrific and tragic circumstances.
“I’ve called this debate to start getting some answers for Garry Barlow’s mother and family. We are five months on yet there are still too many unanswered questions. They also feel let down by the Government and the companies employing British workers at the plant.
“This family is grieving and it is only made worse by not knowing what happened to Garry or why the attack happened at all.
“When you have looked into the eyes of a mother who has lost a son you begin to understand what true heartbreak is. For me the family deserve more dignity and respect in their loss.”