Batasuna change tactics to end armed conflict

7th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 February 2007, MADRID — The banned political arm of ETA appeared to change tack on Wednesday by calling for a united Basque Country and Navarre 'within the Spanish state'.

7 February 2007

MADRID — The banned political arm of ETA appeared to change tack on Wednesday by calling for a united Basque Country and Navarre 'within the Spanish state'.

Arnaldo Otegi, leader of Batasuna, made the offer to the Spanish offer as a way of "finding a solution to the conflict" in the Basque Country.

Batasuna is the political arm of ETA, which has staged terrorist attacks since 1968, claiming the lives of over 800 people.

The mention of creating a joint region within the Spanish state, appeared to show a softer line from the political wing of the Basque terrorist group.

Otegi, speaking in San Sebastián, said the people of both regions should decide their own future.

However, the Basque separatist said Batasuna did not renounce its claim to a "free Basque Country" in northwestern Spaina and southwestern France. 

Otegi said if the proposal was taken up it could provide a "transition phase" to solve the conflict in this region.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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