Unusual allies appeal to opposition over ETA talks

8th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 June 2006, MADRID — The government and the banned political party Batasuna formed an unusual alliance to try to persuade the opposition Popular Party to support talks with ETA.

8 June 2006

MADRID — The government and the banned political party Batasuna formed an unusual alliance to try to persuade the opposition Popular Party to support talks with ETA.

Both parties separately called on the PP to ask them to renew their support for the peace process.

Joseba Álvarez, from Batasuna, the banned political wing of ETA, said José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero needs to begin talks so as not to lose the momentum.

He said it was essential the PP joined the process because the "second political force in the State cannot be outside a question of State".

It comes after PP leader Mariano Rajoy said his party would withdraw support for the peace process because the Basque Socialist party had decided to begin discussions with Batasuna, without consulting the conservative opposition party.

Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, interior minister, also appealed to the PP to rejoin the peace talks.

"Together we are much stronger," he said.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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