ETA says peace process in crisis and threatens action

18th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2006, MADRID — Almost five months after declaring a ceasefire, ETA said on Friday the peace process was in "crisis".

18 August 2006

MADRID — Almost five months after declaring a ceasefire, ETA said on Friday the peace process was in "crisis".

In a statement released through the Basque newspaper Gara, the terrorist group blamed the ruling socialist party and the Basque Nationalist Party, claiming they were only serving their own interests and not furthering the cause of peace.

ETA threatened to "respond" if Spain and France carried on with "repressive actions" against separatist activists.

What type of response this might take was not specified.

It is the fifth statement since ETA declared a "permanent ceasefire" for the first time on 22 March.

The terrorist group, which wants an independent Basque Country in northwest Spain and southwest France, declared the ceasefire after months of secret negotiations with the government.

But in the latest statement, ETA said Madrid had not taken responsibility for the peace process.

It added that the government had not "completed the promises of the ceasefire".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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