Batasuna calls for talks between Madrid and ETA
3 May 2005, BILBAO — The banned political wing of the Basque terrorist group ETA has called on the Spanish government to begin talks with the separatist organisation.
3 May 2005
BILBAO — The banned political wing of the Basque terrorist group ETA has called on the Spanish government to begin talks with the separatist organisation.
Batasuna has urged the government to open contacts with ETA to stop any more of the "lamentable" consequences of the armed conflict which has been waged for more than 30 years and claimed more than 800 victims.
Arnaldo Otegi, leader of Batasuna, said a peace process should begin in the Basque Country "without territorial boundaries".
The move came alter Batasuna held a two-hour meeting with the Basque prime minister, Juan Jose Ibarretxe. The meeting was to discuss the formation of the new Basque regional government.
Peranando Barrena, also from Batasuna, said his party had urged Ibarretxe and other Basque parties to join together to seize what he called "a golden moment" for peace. He said Batasuna, and all the other Basque parties, should act with flexibility to work with the Spanish and French governments.
ETA has waged its bloody campaign for a separate Basque Country in north-west Span and parts of south-west France.
Ibarretxe is due to meet the Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on Thursday. Madrid has always demanded ETA lays down its arms before peace talks can begin.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news