Today at Berria English:
Carod-Rovira admits he met with ETA "to help towards achieving a cease-fire"
He said the ETA leaders had requested the meeting and stressed that he had attended in his capacity as the general secretary of the ERC, and not as a representative of the Catalan Government
Editoria Staff – DONOSTIA (San Sebastian)
Josep Lluis Carod-Rovira, the "Conseller en cap" or second-ranking official of the "Generalitat" or Government of Catalonia and General Secretary of the ERC –Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Republican Left of Catalonia)– said yesterday that he had held a meeting with ETA (the armed, pro-Basque independence organisation) and confirmed the information disclosed by the Spanish newspaper ABC. Carod-Rovira pointed out that the meeting with the leaders of the armed organisation had been requested by the organisation and had taken place when he was already a member of the Catalan Government. He stressed, however, that he had gone in his capacity as the ERC General Secretary with the aim of "achieving a cease-fire and to contributing towards getting ETA to give up its armed activity".
Carod-Rovira’s appearance aroused a lot of media curiosity. The ERC general secretary did not take any questions and when he appeared before the media was accompanied by four people: Jordi Carbonell, the Chairman of the ERC, Cassia Just, the former priest of Montserrat, August Gil-Matamala, a lawyer, and Salvador Cardus, a sociologist. The four supported Carod-Rovira’s position.
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