ETA rejects moderate Basque independence plan

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28 October 2004, BILBAO - The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has reiterated its opposition to a plan for qualified independence put forward by moderate Basques.

28 October 2004

BILBAO - The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has reiterated its opposition to a plan for qualified independence put forward by moderate Basques.

ETA said it supports a proposal being drafted by a recently banned pro-independence party.

In a statement obtained by Radio Euskadi late Wednesday, the terrorist organisation again rejected the plan by the autonomous regional Basque government which proposes the creation of a Basque Community "freely associated with the Spanish government".

In its communique, ETA recalled that it had already given its backing to an initiative to obtain the Basque region's right to self-determination, which the radio station considered to be an implicit reference to the proposal that Batasuna, the outlawed leftist separatist party, announced it would unveil on 14 November in San Sebastian.

ETA called the so-called Ibarretxe plan a "dead-end and partial solution".

The plan is named for Juan Jose Ibarretxe, prime minister of the Basque regional government and leader of nationalist Basques who reject the use of violence for political ends.

He presented his "associated state" plan a year ago.

Without expressly naming the Ibarretxe plan in its two-page statement dated last month, ETA rejected the initiative, saying it was a "subterfuge with no future" and a "serious deception".

The terrorist organization, which has killed some 830 people since taking up arms in 1968, said it was willing to "commit to seeking" a solution to "this conflict," the radio station said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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