Opposition threatens anti-terrorism pact
25 November 2004, MADRID-Spain's main opposition party has threatened to withhold cooperation with the government because of a political row over claims former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar 'backed' a coup d'etat in Venezuela.
25 November 2004
MADRID-Spain's main opposition party has threatened to withhold cooperation with the government because of a political row over claims former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar 'backed' a coup d'etat in Venezuela.
Angel Acebes, general secretary of the conservative Popular Party (PP), said his party will not cooperate with the Socialist government in the all-party Anti-Terrorist pact if the claims were not withdrawn.
The Pact is an agreement between all political parties in Spain to fight terrorism and is not influenced by party political arguments.
The move follows a furious political over claims by Spain's foreign secretary that the former government of Aznar supported a failed coup d'etat in Venezuela in 2002.
The head of the Opposition, conservative Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy, has demanded Moratinos withdrew the comments.
Moratinos claimed the former PP government of Jose Maria Aznar had backed the coup d'etat to overthrow the marverick left-wing president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez in 2002.
Moratinos made the comments during a television programme.
Chavez, who was on a two-day visit to Spain when the row blew up, later supported the claims.
Chávez said the affair was a "shame" as it did not represent the feeling of the Spanish people.
He said relations between the two countries had "turned a new page" since the arrival of the Socialist government.
Zapatero has refused to discuss the matter in the Spanish parliament.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news