Otegi hints at 'positive news' on Basque conflict

23rd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 January 2006, BILBAO — The leader of the outlawed political wing of Eta said in the next few weeks there will be "positive news" about the peace process in the Basque Country.

23 January 2006

BILBAO — The leader of the outlawed political wing of Eta said in the next few weeks there will be "positive news" about the peace process in the Basque Country.

Arnaldo Otegi, who heads Batasuna, said he was convinced that in the next two months there could be all-party talks on the future of the region.

When he referred to "good news", he said he wanted to make it clear that he was not referring to Eta, but to 'new sectors in the Basque people who will take big steps'. 

Eta has been rumoured to be considering a truce.

Otegi added that 2006 would be a "very important" year. He said his hopes for the Basque people remained intact.

His comments came after Spain's leading anti-terrorist court banned a meeting of Batasuna planned for last Saturday.

Supporters of his party, which was banned in 2003 for supporting Eta, still held an unauthorised gathering.

Otegi said the move by the court was an attempt to try to slow down unofficial peace talks between his party and the Basque Socialist party.

He denied any knowledge of secret talks between the government and Eta.

But he said that he was convinced that this must happen at sometime and would "bear fruit".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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