Monday 24 April 2017

Spanish Government must hold talks soon with ETA: Adams

The Spanish Government needs to hold inclusive talks with Basque separatists ETA as soon as possible, it was claimed today.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams welcomed today's ceasefire announcement by the armed group and said the authorities should act quickly.

He added the George Mitchell non-violence principles which had worked so well in the North were also important to the Iberian conflict.

"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," he added.

ETA said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".

The Spanish government has not responded. In the past it has said it will only negotiate with ETA if it renounces violence and disarms.

ETA's campaign has led to more than 820 deaths over the past 40 years.

It has called two ceasefires in the past, but abandoned them both.

The Irish peace process is seen as a blueprint internationally and there have been contacts between the two regions in an effort to bring about a cessation of violence.

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