Sunday, December 30, 2007

The "San Mamés" Manifesto

EITb brings to us a note about the compromise to a joined effort by Catalunya, Galiza and Euskal Herria to work together towards the international community recognition of their national teams.

Here you have the note:


San Mamés Statement

Basque, Catalan and Galician Govt's to promote national teams


Representatives of the three governments signed Saturday morning a manifesto targeting to promote "sports, autochthonous sports and national teams".

Basque, Catalan and Galician Governments signed on Saturday the "San Mamés statement", an official manifesto that seeks to promote "sport systems, sport practice, , autochthonous sports and national teams" in the three regions.

The Culture councilors of the Basque and Galician governments, Miren Azkarate and Anxela Bugallo, respectively, and the vice president of the Catalan government, Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, signed the agreement on Bilbao's San Mamés field, which hosts Saturday evening the friendly soccer match between the Basque and Catalan national teams.

"We are not here against anybody. We are here in favor of sport, in favor of our countries as sport countries", the Catalan vice president remarked.

The statement, read in Basque, Catalan, Galician and Spanish languages, establishes some basic points within the framework of cooperation dealing with "the promotion of sport exchanges" and the "establishment of open competitive frameworks for the national teams and sport federations" of the signatories of the manifesto.

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