The head of the Armed Forces has said he feels uncomfortable at the prospect of being investigated.

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff, acknowledged his multiple rounds in Northern Ireland, but added that to politicians to decide what to do with the process examining the region's past.

Conservative MPs have denied British veterans facing potential legal action for events linked to the troubles.

In July, more than 30 of them supported a backbench proposal for a 20-year time limit on reopening cases involving former members of the Armed Forces who served here.

Prime Minister Theresa May has "flawed" due to her "disproportionate focus" on former members of the Armed Forces and Police.

More than 3,600 people were killed as a result of the Troubles.

Sir Nick, in an interview with The House magazine, said: "As a military officer in Northern Ireland, I am uncomfortable with the prospect of being investigated.

"But this is a political issue and thus, something that the politicians have to deal with.

"And of course, it's associated with the peace process. Again, it's a political issue."

Sir Nick also referred the problems experienced by veterans after returning from service, noting: "I feel it myself. Not a day goes by when I do not think of the 375 people who died under my command in southern Afghanistan in 2010. But I 'm fortunate that I've got people I can talk to about it still.'

Belfast Telegraph



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