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El Pais: Batasuna, ready to discuss its return to legality in order to take a seat at the party table (06-06-2006)
"If it is necessary, we'll talk about that as well", says Otegi

"If a legality status is necessary to take part in the party table", Batasuna "will talk about that as well". So said today its leader, Arnaldo Otegi, who nevertheless has wanted to clarify that that "is not the central question" at this moment in his opinion. Otegi made these statements after the Basque socialists made public their intention to meet with that group, made illegal by the Tribunal Supremo, to convince them of the need to reject violence and return to legality.

The PSE's meeting with Batasuna to convince them to renounce violence is what has led the PP to accuse Zapatero of being on the same page as ETA.

The "party table" would be made up of Basque political parties and would discuss the political solution to the Basque problem. In parallel, the government would negotiate with ETA, presumably on disarmament and prisoners but not on political issues.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 10:21:03 AM EST
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