Basque government unveils peace plan package

26th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2006, MADRID – The Basque country's government on Wednesday unveiled a plan to promote the peace process in the region.

26 April 2006

MADRID – The Basque country's government on Wednesday unveiled a plan to promote the peace process in the region.

The regional premier, Juan José Ibarretxe, described the proposals which his coalition had agreed as "the contribution of the Basque government to the peace process to move towards a reconciled society".

The measures included a Law of Solidarity which would ensure the recognition of victims of terrorism and the payment of reparations to victims of Franco.

The plan is structured under five headings: the promotion of all human rights, solidarity with the victims of terrorism, the reparation of the victims of the Franco regime, the defence of civil and political rights and the prevention of torture and the defence of the rights of prisoners.

The plan comes the day that the Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero meets the last of the political parties to brief them on the state of the process to end ETA violence in the Basque country.

Despite the two bombs which targeted businesses in the region at the end of last week, Zapatero remains positive about the chances of ending ETA violence which has claimed more than 800 lives to date. The government says it believes the bombs were not ordered or authorised by ETA.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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