Zapatero calls for political consensus against ETA

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11 October 2004, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called on the country's political forces to reach a consensus against ETA terrorism and urged the Basque group to lay down its weapons.

11 October 2004

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called on the country's political forces to reach a consensus against ETA terrorism and urged the Basque group to lay down its weapons.

"I want to tell the ETA terrorist group that it has only one fate, one path: to give up weapons and violence once and for all," said Zapatero at a meeting of the Socialist Party (PSOE) late Sunday.

He said that after the "harsh blow" dealt to ETA with the 3 October arrests in France of Mikel Albisu "Mikel Antza," the group's leader, and his girlfriend, Soledad Iparraguirre "Anboto", a consensus among democrats is even more necessary.

"As the government, I am going to unite all political forces to end the ETA's terror and no one is going to engage in party politics" or politics of any other kind with those degenerates, said the Prime Minister.

Zapatero once again congratulated the security forces of Spain and France and said the neighbouring government has demonstrated its "decided and decisive" cooperation "to do away with the blight of terrorism."

Also in his speech, Zapatero said Spain is going to be "a country that leads the voice of peace, that is committed to understanding among peoples and cultures and it is not going to be on the side of those who want to build a wall between cultures and peoples."

In that regard, he recalled the recent violence in Iraq and the Middle East and remarked, "Too many dead children, too many defenceless people, too much injustice."

Zapatero recently proposed to the United Nations General Assembly an "alliance of civilizations" between the Western world and the Arab and Muslim world, a proposal that has received support from numerous European Union countries and leaders of the international community.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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