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Sinn Féin MLA, Linda Dillon, to visit Basque Country to share experiences of Irish peace process.

25 October, 2017 - by Linda Dillon

Sinn Féin MLA, Linda Dillon, will travel to the Basque Country, 26 - 28 October 2017, at the request of the Basque 'Social Forum to promote the peace process'. 

During her stay in the Basque Country Linda will address two major conferences; one in Hernani, the other in Iruna-Pamplona, under the theme 'The contribution made by local institutions and local representatives to the peace process in the North of Ireland'.

Both events are being held by the Basque Social Forum to promote the peace process in the Basque Country. In attendance with Linda will be Pablo Azcona, President of the Navarre's Municipalities and Local Councils Federation (FNMC), and Julen Mendoza, EHBildu Mayor of Orereta-Errenteria.

Speaking in advance of travelling to the Basque Country Linda said:

'We are delighted to accept the invitation from our Basque comrades to travel to the Basque Country and assist in whatever way we can with their peace process. 

'Over the past 6 years, ETA and representatives of the Basque people, including Basque civil society, have worked hard to create the conditions to resolve the Basque conflict.  Most recently, in April of this year, the 'International Commission on Verification' announced the complete disarmament of all weapons.

'These efforts are to be welcomed. 

'However, there is a responsibility on the Spanish government to promote and support a process of dialogue to achieve a just and lasting peace based on the rights of the Basque people to decide their own future. 

'I will use my visit to the Basque Country to outline our experience of the Irish peace process. I will also add Sinn Féin's voice to the international demand that the Spanish government engage in meaningful dialogue with the representatives of the Basque people and in particular to move immediately on the pressing political prisoner issues.

'This is also an opportunity for Sinn Féin to provide a briefing on the current situation in Ireland; Brexit, the Uniting Ireland campaign and the on-going negotiations in the North. 

'Sinn Féin have long and historic solidarity links with the Basque people. This trip will allow us to continue, maintain and develop these links'.

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