Zapatero says nothing has changed after ETA ceasefire

17:42, September 08, 2010      

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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero says that nothing has changed following the announcement of a truce by Basque separatist group ETA last Sunday.

The ceasefire, the fourth in 50-year history of the group, that wants independence for the Basque region, has been met with skepticism in Spain.

Even the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) rejected its wording as non-specific and lacking a commitment to permanent peace.

ETA's political wing - Batasuna, which is currently illegal because of its refusal to condemn violence, stated in a press conference on Tuesday that the ceasefire should lead to the end of its illegality and that the party should now be allowed to stand at elections.

Batasuna accused the Spanish government of "not moving a finger" since the declaration of the ETA ceasefire

Zapatero rejects that assertion and insists that the situation has not changed.

"Those who are outside of legality because they have not clearly condemned violence are in the same situation now as before the communique. It is exactly the same situation," he said.

"There is only one decision that is valid and that is the decision to abandon violence forever. The izquierda abertzale (Batasuna) knows this. It is the only thing that the democratic forces want."

"We are all disappointed: communiques have no value, the only things of value are decisions," said Zapatero.

Source: Xinhua


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