Batasuna demands Navarre region for peace agreement
26 April 2006, MADRID – The Spanish government has insisted that the region of Navarre will not be handed over to separatists in the event of a peace agreement over the Basque region.
26 April 2006
MADRID – The Spanish government has insisted that the region of Navarre will not be handed over to separatists in the event of a peace agreement over the Basque region.
On Wednesday, prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero invited Uxue Barkos, a representative of the Navarre political alliance Nafarroa-Bai, to his offices at Moncloa for talks.
This was the latest in the premier's meetings to brief political parties on the development of the peace process to end ETA's violence in the Basque region.
Afterwards, Barkos said he had been reassured that no one was considering changing Navarre's political status.
The government's secretary of state for communication, Fernando Moraleda, also reiterated that "the future of Navarre is not in the debate over the peace process".
However, at a simultaneous press conference, Patxi Urrutia, a member of Batasuna, which is ETA's political wing, stated: "There is no possibility of solving the conflict without Navarre".
Urrutia added: "Navarre is the back bone of Euskal Herria [The Basque Country]".
"Without Navarre, Euskal Herria isn't sustainable on the map".
Basque separatists argue Navarre belongs to the Basque region, along with parts of France which it considered Basque.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news