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CLICK ON THE LINK TO READ THE INTERVIEW:

http://www.alliancemagazine.org/en/content/interview-brian-currin

For more information
www.basquepeaceprocess.info


It certainly is a random thing that was absolutely not intended on the part of Basque media and television channel EITB, but it caught our attention this morning at Miss Nyet HQ.

EITB’s internet banner ad (see photo) features, aside from its slogan “tus nuevos ojos para ver el mundo”, (your new eyes to see the world), two eyes of a different color: one is blue and the other the color of amber, which happens to be exactly similar to the eyes of Lartaun, the hero of Delphine Pontvieux’s thriller titled “ETA-estimated Time of Arrest”, who happens to be affected by heterochromia.

Do we hear “subliminal imagery?”

Image


http://www.eitb.com/en/news/politics/detail/812869/eta-founder-txillardegi-dies-the-age-84/

 

 


Read the full article publishers on Reuters here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/21/us-spain-election-regions-idUSTRE7AK15H20111121


read the article published on Expatica here:

http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish-news/in-basque-region-independence-fight-taken-to-ballot-box_188644.html


As of today, ETA officially announced  it has called a “definitive cessation” to its campaign of bombings and shootings after 50 years of activity.

View the video of the declaration (you can choose the language in Euskara, Spanish, French or English) here:

http://www.gara.net/


Looks like it.

In a historic step, the armed Basque separatist group Eta [Euskadi Ta Askatasuna] is this week expected to announce a definitive end to more than four decades of violence, according to sources close to the negotiations.

Read these articles on the subject:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1015/1224305819542.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/16/eta-end-violence-basque-spain

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2546315.ece


RTT news

New Basque Separatist Party Banned

(RTTNews) – Spain’s Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by a recently formed Basque separatist political party that supports the armed militant group ETA, which is fighting for autonomy, to legalize it.

The Supreme Court ruled on late Wednesday that it was “opposed to the inscription of Sortu as a political party,” because it had not sufficiently distanced itself from the violence of ETA.

The court heard argument from the federal government that Sortu is just an “extension” of the banned Batasuna party, and that it should not be allowed to contest municipal elections to be held in the Northern Basque country on May 22. Sortu can now appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Announcing the launch of the party in the Basque city of Bilbao in early February, Basque nationalist Left-wing representative Rufi Etxebarria vowed that Sortu “will neither justify nor defend the use of violence, including by ETA.”

Etxebarria said it had already rejected violence as a political strategy, and pledged its “firm and unwavering commitment to pursuing a purely political and democratic course, with no turning back.”

Spain has not granted permission to any of the parties emerged as the alternatives of ETA’s political wing Batasuna, which was banned in 2003, to operate in the country.

Formation of the new party is seen as a purely tactical move by the radicals to participate in municipal elections.

Mediator Brian Currin warns of ‘prolonged conflict’ and explains how the ban of

SORTU sets back the peace process in the Basque country

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
İPEK YEZDANİ
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Brian Currin says dialogue is key in conflict resolution. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK
Brian Currin says dialogue is key in conflict resolution. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

The Turkish government’s refusal to open dialogue with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, “only prolongs the conflict,” according to a lawyer experienced in mediating between state officials and armed groups.

“If the South African government had refused to sit at the same table with the people it saw as terrorists, there would not have been a big peace process in the 1990s, Nelson Mandela would not have been released in 1990 and South Africa would probably be in a state of civil war today,” said Brian Currin, a South African lawyer who played a mediator role both in his own country and also between the Spanish government and the armed Basque separatist group ETA.

“The only way to achieve peace is through dialogue and negotiation. To use security resolutions only prolongs the conflict,” Currin, an expert on conflict resolution, told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in an interview Tuesday.

The situation was similar in Northern Ireland’s conflict with the IRA, he said. “It is the same for Northern Ireland, where we have worked for the last 14 years. If the British government had said it would never speak to terrorists, there would not be peace in Northern Ireland,” Currin said.

In order to achieve an end to the conflict in Turkey, the PKK also needs to stop the violence, he added. “You cannot expect negotiation when there is violence,” Currin said. “In order to resolve a conflict, you have to place yourself in the shoes of the other side. I would say the same thing for the PKK.”

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, declared a unilateral cease-fire Aug. 13 that it then extended in November until the general elections, expected to be held in June. The pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency reported Feb. 28, however, that the outlawed group had ended the cease-fire.

Addressing the ongoing crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, Currin said the focus in chaos-ridden countries needed to be on ensuring that government institutions do not collapse. “Irrespective of who is in power, the government institutions should not collapse in these countries. If the administration collapses, the country moves into chaos,” he said.

Currin added that the most important thing in carrying out the U.N.-authorized decision to intervene in Libya is to avoid causing any civilian deaths.

ETA had to get legalized

Similar to the situation in Turkey, where various pro-Kurdish political groups have been banned for links to the outlawed PKK, Spain banned the Basque separatist group Batasuna in 2003 because of its links to ETA. The group now says it has launched a new party that explicitly rejects the use of violence.

“If they want to participate openly and freely in any peace process negotiations, the only way in which they can play a meaningful role in trying to resolve the Basque conflict would be to get legalized,” said Currin, who has been working as a facilitator between Batasuna and the Spanish government for the last three years. “They can only do that if they are legal as a political party. That has really been the conversation I have been having with Batasuna for the last three years.”

Following internal conversations with the leadership, as a consequence of its own consultation process, Batasuna has come to the conclusion that it needs to form a party that complies fully with the party political law of Spain, Currin said. The group created a new party, SORTU, last month.

“This new party is not declared unlawful in the country. It published its manifesto and there is general consensus about the party in the Basque country, including among the Basque nationalist party PNV, as well as the socialist party [there],” he said. “All acknowledged that the manifesto of SORTU complies fully with the party political law and the party should be legalized.”

Currin drew attention to the fact that the Spanish government has brought the legalization process to court and challenged the registration of the new party.

“They are of the position that this new party is a strategy of ETA and therefore should not be legalized. I think this is most unfortunate,” he said.

“The Batasuna left has done everything the Spanish government said they should do for the last three years. They rejected violence with exclusively peaceful means and have disassociated themselves from any organization involved in violence, including ETA,” Currin said. “I cannot see how there can be a connection between ETA’s continued existence and this new party now.”

The lawyer said he was confident that if this court did not oppose the banning of SORTU, the Constitutional Court of Spain would oppose the ban. The court decision on SORTU’s registration is expected to come out within two weeks.


Tens of thousands of separatists rallied in the troubled northern Basque region on Saturday to demand the government allows a newly launched pro-independence party to run in forthcoming elections.

Those behind the party, called Sortu, insist it rejects armed group Eta’s violence and hence merits legal status and the right to field candidates in May election.

However, Spain’s attorney general said it was merely a repackaged version of Batasuna, a party banned in 2003 on grounds it was part of Eta.

It is up to a special section of the Supreme Court to decide on the new party’s legal status. read more about the article here:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5ia7jtxrcPwTKf9w5KmDhh7g5Mx3A?docId=N0054921298179881967A


SORTU means “to Create” in Euskara, the basque language.

The political wing of the Basque separatist group ETA requested Wednesday to register an official political party, which if approved would allow it to field candidates in May elections.

read more about it here (seattle times)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014172153_apeuspainbasques.html

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