Sunday, March 04, 2007

Iruñea's Proposal

This note was published at EiTB:

Batasuna present proposal to thousands of supporters in Iruña

Arnaldo Otegi presented his national approach including two proposals: one addressed to the French government about Iparralde and another addressed to the Spanish government about Hegoalde.

The Basque left nationalist movement presented on Saturday in the Basque town of Pamplona-Iruña (Navarre) their proposal for a "democratic framework for the Basque Country," during a meeting in which Batasuna's spokesman Arnaldo Otegi assured that "the final objective is to get – through agreement and negotiation – a Basque State, socialist and Basque speaking."

The meeting took place in the Anaitasuna Pavilion, full to bursting, and counted on the presence of important leaders of the outlawed Basque nationalist party Batasuna such as Arnaldo Otegi, Pernando Barrena and Juan Kruz Aldasoro, or Basque nationalist union leader Rafa Diez.

Otegi asked Spain's president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to act with "political responsibility and historical ambition" to negotiate the autonomy proposal for Navarre and the Basque Country, and highlighted this is "the only reasonable alternative" for the "political conflict."

He also said the proposal for the creation of a new political region comprising Navarre and the Basque Country within the Spanish State is "the first step towards the national reconstruction and the path towards independence." He considered Navarre as "the Basque Country’s pillar." "Without Navarre we can't do anything," he added.

The proposal, recently announced by the pro-independent movement, includes the creation of one political region formed by the Basque Autonomous Region (Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa, Alava) and Navarre and another political region formed by the three Basque provinces of Iparralde (northern part of the Basque Country, situated within the French State), and a plan for the solution of the conflict through self-determination.

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