Ibarretxe calls on Zapatero to legalise Batasuna

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22 September 2006, BILBAO — Six months to the day since ETA's ceasefire, the Basque premier urged the Spanish prime minister to legalise Batasuna.

22 September 2006

BILBAO — Six months to the day since ETA's ceasefire, the Basque premier urged the Spanish prime minister to legalise Batasuna.

Batasuna, the banned political wing of the Basque terrorist organisation, was proscribed by the Supreme Court in 2003 for refusing to denounce ETA violence.

But Juan José Ibarretxe, the Basque regional prime minister, asked Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Friday to make legal changes to allow the legalisation of Batasuna, which he believes would speed up the peace talks.

Ibarretxe said he was concerned about the slow process of peace and the "obstacles" which remained in the way of getting talks started.

At the same time, he said ETA bore responsibility to not "frustrate again the hopes of the Basque people".

On 22 March ETA declared a 'permanent ceasefire' for the first time.

It has declared ten previous truces, but in 38 years of armed struggle has always returned to violence.

The terrorist organisation, which wants a separatist state in northwest Spain and southwest France, has killed 817 people.

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Subject: Spanish news

 

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