Zapatero warns ETA no talks without end to terror

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19 February 2007, VITORIA — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said violence must end before talks with ETA can start again.

19 February 2007

VITORIA — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said violence must end before talks with ETA can start again.

He made his remarks on the subject at a meeting here of the Basque Socialist Party at which he set forth five principles for reaching that objective.

It was the premier's first visit to the Basque Country since the ETA terrorist group's 30 December Car-bombing of a parking garage at Madrid's Barajas airport, an attack that killed two Ecuadorians.

The first principle, said the prime minister, was that "to speak about peace one must forget completely and forever about (engaging in) violence in the Basque Country and in Spain as a whole."

The second one was that to compete in elections, candidates must respect "all the laws and, therefore, the party law," Zapatero said in reference to the possible participation of the banned Batasuna party, ETA's political arm, in the local and regional elections scheduled for May.

In respecting the party law, Zapatero recalled the obligation of groups and individuals to accept that only democratic methods may be used in politics and that violence, coercion or any type of threat must be rejected.

The third principle discussed by the prime minister was that the future of the Basque Country must come about by a plural accord among the parties decided by the citizens within the framework of the constitution and the law.

The Socialists, Zapatero said, would support that broad-based agreement but - and this was the fourth principle he mentioned - no forward progress could be made while violence or the threat of violence persisted.

Zapatero expressed a personal stance as his fifth principle, saying: "I am maintaining intact my determination to achieve peace, to see the end of violence, uniting all Basques, all Basque parties, and with all the citizens of Spain united."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

19 February 2007

VITORIA — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said violence must end before talks with ETA can

start again.

He made his remarks on the subject at a meeting here of the Basque Socialist Party at

which he set forth five principles for reaching that objective.

It was the premier's first visit to the Basque Country since the ETA terrorist group's

30 December Car-bombing of a parking garage at Madrid's Barajas airport, an attack that

killed two Ecuadorians.

The first principle, said the prime minister, was that "to speak about peace one must

forget completely and forever about (engaging in) violence in the Basque Country and in

Spain as a whole."

The second one was that to compete in elections, candidates must respect "all the laws

and, therefore, the party law," Zapatero said in reference to the possible

participation of the banned Batasuna party, ETA's political arm, in the local and

regional elections scheduled for May.

In respecting the party law, Zapatero recalled the obligation of groups and individuals

to accept that only democratic methods may be used in politics and that violence,

coercion or any type of threat must be rejected.

The third principle discussed by the prime minister was that the future of the Basque

Country must come about by a plural accord among the parties decided by the citizens

within the framework of the constitution and the law.

The Socialists, Zapatero said, would support that broad-based agreement but - and this

was the fourth principle he mentioned - no forward progress could be made while

violence or the threat of violence persisted.

Zapatero expressed a personal stance as his fifth principle, saying: "I am maintaining

intact my determination to achieve peace, to see the end of violence, uniting all

Basques, all Basque parties, and with all the citizens of Spain united."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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