Batasuna warns peace process 'on point of collapse'
25 May 2006, SAN SEBASTIAN — The spokesman of the banned political wing of ETA warned the peace process "was at the point of collapse".
25 May 2006
SAN SEBASTIAN — The spokesman of the banned political wing of ETA warned the peace process "was at the point of collapse".
Batasuna spokesman Joseba Permach made the comment after the Basque separatist party formed its own "negotiating commission".
But the interior minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said Batasuna had do more than set up a commission, if it wanted to be legalised.
Batasuna is considered an terrorist organisation and banned in 2003 by Spain's supreme court.
It is closely linked to ETA, the Basque separatist organisation.
The government demands Batasuna condemns ETA violence in order to for the ban to be lifted.
But Permach demanded the government stopped using "the excuse of the legalisation and judicial process".
He said: "The minister knows perfectly well that the Socialist party has held talks with the Batasuna in recent years and ETA, which is not exactly a legal organisation."
Permach threatened if eight members of the party who are due to appear in court on terrorism charges next week are jailed, the peace process is likely to end in "stalemate".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news