Elections in Basque country and Spain create opportunity for progress - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has urged the new Spanish government, led by prime minister elect, Mariano Rajoy, to prioritise the embryonic peace process in the Basque country and to enter into early discussions with all of the Basque parties.
Deputy Adams said: “The historic success in the Basque country of Amaiur, the party which favours self-determination and social justice, is a vindication for those who have argued for a peace process and a democratic and peaceful resolution of the conflict which has raged for 40 years.
“The election has changed the political landscape in the Basque country and in Spain. Amaiur is now the largest party in Euskadi with seven MPs and three senators.
“It is the fifth biggest group in the Spanish Parliament which it has said it will now enter. There is a unique opportunity for political progress. Everyone has a contribution to make but the greater onus at this time must rest with the new government.”