Batasuna leader says peace process now 'impossible'
9 November 2006, SAN SEBASTIAN — The leader of the banned political wing of ETA said the peace process was 'impossible' after country's most notorious terrorist was jailed.
9 November 2006
SAN SEBASTIAN — The leader of the banned political wing of ETA said the peace process was 'impossible' after country's most notorious terrorist was jailed.
Arnaldo Otegi, leader of Batasuna, accused the government of "lacking political ambition" on Thursday.
Otegi also said the socialist government had failed to confront the conservative opposition Popular Party which has steadfastly refused to support the government in moves to start talks with ETA.
His comments came after Iñaki De Juana Chaos was condemned to 12 years in jail on Wednesday for making death threats to prison governors.
De Juana Chaos, who has served 18 years for the murder of 25 people, has vowed to start a hunger strike 'to the death'.
He was convicted of making the death threats after writing letters to the Basque newspaper Gara.
The letters came just as he was due to be released from prison.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero admitted on Wednesday the prison sentence for the country's most notorious terrorist made the fledgling peace process 'more difficult'.
De Juana Chaos has a large degree of support among rank-and-file hardliners in the Basque Country.
ETA declared a permanent ceasefire in March, ushering in hopes that its 38-year armed campaign for an independent Basque Country in north-west Spain and south-west France would finally end.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news