Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness MLA along with Johnathan Powell have just completed a visit to the Basque Country where they met with local political parties and groups.
The purpose of the visit was to take political stock of the situation in the period following the Aiete Peace Conference in Donostia / San Sebastian in 2011.
Speaking today Mr McGuinness said:
'The meetings Jonathan Powell and I held with political parties and groups in the Basque Country were positive.
“Everyone indicated support for the ongoing peace process and wanted it to progress.
“I believe that, as with our own ongoing experience in Ireland, that both interest and attention being paid to such a situation is an aid to achieving a positive outcome.
“Indeed, such attention on an ongoing basis can fuel forward movement and can be an indispensable catalyst to advancing the peace process in the Basque Country.”