Sinn Fein's Adams welcomes ETA ceasefire

5th September 2010, Comments 1 comment

Top Irish republican Gerry Adams welcomed the announcement by Basque separatists ETA of a ceasefire Sunday, saying it could permanently end violence and urging Spain's government to respond positively.

Adams, president of Sinn Fein, is seen as a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process and has held talks with Batasuna -- ETA's political wing -- on ending the violence to the Basque region.

There was a "long affinity" between Irish republicans and the Basque people, said Adams.

"This is a significant statement and has the potential to bring about a permanent end to the long-running conflict in the Basque country," he added, in comments cited by Irish state broadcaster RTE.

"It is now vital that the Spanish government respond positively and grasp the opportunity to advance a peace process presented by today's announcement and quickly establish inclusive political negotiations."

Sinn Fein was widely seen as the political wing of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), which waged a campaign of violence against British rule in Northern Ireland from the 1970s to the 1990s before the peace process started.

Sinn Fein insists the organisations are separate. The IRA decommissioned its weapons in 2005.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Jake posted:

    on 6th September 2010, 11:25:18 - Reply

    This so called "long affinity" is in reality sympathizing with the ETA. There is no comparison between the Sin Fein and the eta except for the fact that they all are cold blooded killers!

    The eta are a group of criminals living from extorsion and kicking on some form of exercising sick power.
    These sick minds are just as sick as Adams and consorts.

    Don´t forget Adams, they (eta) attacked the Madrid airport some months after their so called ceasefire!
    The don´t have any creditability at all, like you.

    And above all, adams, IT IS NON OF YOUR BUSINESS TO COMMENT ON THIS, you are just as rotten as they are!

    So stay out of this all together, back off!

    There are very strong indications that the sin fein has supplied the eta with training and weapons!

    Jake, Madrid.