Aznar should give evidenceto terror inquiry - Zapatero

13th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2004, MADRID – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said Monday he believed former premier Jose Maria Aznar should appear before the inquiry investigating the events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Madrid.

13 September 2004

MADRID – Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said Monday he believed former premier Jose Maria Aznar should appear before the inquiry investigating the events surrounding the terrorist attacks in Madrid.

But Zapatero added that he believed it was already clear what had happened.

"Aznar was the prime minister and, in my opinion, needs to explain everything which was done to stop international terrorism before these attacks," he told Spanish Cadena Ser radio station.

"He should also say what, from his point of view, the government did and what happened between 11 and 14 March."

Zapatero said it was 'fundamental' to find out what happened after the 11 March attacks.

He said he was surprised that the Popular Party (PP), which was in power at the time of the attacks, was asking others to explain the course of events.

Zapatero said even though the former Interior minister Angel Acebes had appeared before the commission, he still thought Aznar could bring "something" to the inquiry.

Meanwhile, Zapatero said his government had reduced political tensions with the regions which he claimed were generated under the former government. 

He claimed many regional governments and other opposition groups, with the exception of the PP, had responded positively to proposed reforms of the Spanish Constitution which would grant some more power to the so-called 'autonomous regions'.

But Zapatero insisted that the so-called 'Ibarretxe plan', named after the Basque regional prime minister who suggested it, was not the same as other proposed reforms in Catalonia.

The Ibarretxe plan would give the Basque country more independence, including representation in the EU and its own courts and control over education.

It has been opposed by all mainstream political parties, but supporters claim it will end the terrorist campaign by ETA.

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Subject: Spanish news

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