King says 'no efforted spared' to end terrorism
24 January 2007, MADRID — King Juan Carlos said on Wednesday Spain would spare no effort to put an end to terrorism.
24 January 2007
MADRID — King Juan Carlos said on Wednesday Spain would spare no effort to put an end to terrorism.
The kind called terrorism "a serious scourge that is the responsibility of all of us and affects us".
The Spanish monarchs, accompanied by Crown Prince Felipe, presided over the traditional reception for the accredited diplomatic corps on Wednesday.
The event was also attended by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
King Juan Carlos mentioned the latest victims of the Basque terrorist group ETA, Ecuadorians Diego Armando Estacio and Carlos Alonso Palate, who were killed in the 30 December car-bombing of a parking garage at Madrid's Barajas airport.
The attack on the airport ended the cease-fire the Basque terrorist group - which in its four-decade campaign to carve out an independent Basque nation from parts of northern Spain and southwestern France has killed more than 800 people - had declared in March 2006.
In his address, the king said that "peace cannot wait" in the Middle East and reiterated that Spain has an important role to play in the trans-Atlantic sphere and "in the friendship with the United States of America," whose ambassador, Eduardo Aguirre, was present at the reception.
King Juan Carlos also discussed European affairs, noting that Spain expected "a result in keeping with our common commitment to the spirit of European construction" to come out of the "important process of reflection" on the proposed European Union constitution.
Regarding the Spanish presence in Latin America, the king said he was happy to see that "the Spanish firms operating there have demonstrated a firm determination for permanence and a long-term commitment to development and the creation and distribution of wealth in the region."
The king's address also touched on the issue of immigration, "which Spain knows well as a country that has received numerous immigrant workers".
He said immigration was a challenge that must be dealt with based on "legality and justice, acting effectively against the illegal immigration networks that generate so much death, pain and tragedy on our borders".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news