ETA's political wing refuses to condemn terrorism
18 October 2006, PAMPLONA — The leader of the political wing of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA said his party will not condemn violence.
18 October 2006
PAMPLONA — The leader of the political wing of the Basque terrorist organisation ETA said his party will not condemn violence.
But Pernando Barrena, leader of Batasuna, said the banned party "are going to be a force in the elections of 2007".
Municipal elections are planned for next year across Spain.
But Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said Batasuna can only join talks over the peace process in the Basque Country if it condemns violence.
Batasuna is also officially unable to stand in the elections as it is banned as a terrorist organisation.
ETA declared a permanent ceasefire in March, ushering in hopes that its terrorist campaign might finally be over after 38 years.
Barrena, speaking at a press conference, said: "For us the definition of terrorism is what the United States and Britain are doing in Irak."
He said Batasuna would not condemn what some called 'terrorism' carried out by ETA.
Barrena said the peace process had reached a "moment of crisis" because the government had refused to change the rules on peace talks.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news