ETA pushes for action after permanent ceasefire
15 May 2006, BILBAO — The Basque terrorist group ETA said the time has come to reach an agreement with the government on "territoriality and self-determination".
15 May 2006
BILBAO — The Basque terrorist group ETA said the time has come to reach an agreement with the government on "territoriality and self-determination".
In an interview, two masked and hooded ETA terrorists told the Basque daily Gara "if the attacks by the (Spanish and French) states (continue) ... it will be impossible to keep moving forward".
ETA said realising "the commitments in the democratic process" means striking an agreement regarding "the territoriality and the self-determination" of Euskal Herria, the Basque Country, in the region's language.
Regarding the political reasons for the ceasefire, ETA said "the road has been opened, in a manner more conscientious than ever before, to the political recognition of Euskal Herria as a nation and a people".
The ETA pair also said that "the essence" of what led the group to "overcome conflict ... (is the idea) that it is the Basque citizens who must have the final word on and make the decision about their future".
ETA said that "now it's up to the authorities at Moncloa (the Spanish seat of government) to fulfil their commitments to effect a negotiated way out of the conflict".
The Spanish government, which a year ago received Parliament's backing to open a dialogue with ETA, wants to verify the ceasefire before it begins any dialogue to put an end to the terrorism of the group.
Most of the country's political parties on Sunday rejected paying any political price to the separatist group in exchange for its halt to violence, and the government said that it would continue trying to verify that the ceasefire is "irreversible".
Some commentators interpreted the ETA interview as a message not to the government, but to its grass-roots supporters showing it had not reneged on its principals.
Over the past 38 years, ETA has killed 817 people in its violent quest for an independent homeland carved out of portions of northern Spain and south-west France.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news