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O'Snodaigh calls for All Party Talks in Basque Country ahead of visit

20 September, 2006


Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus O'Snodaigh TD will travel to the Basque Country this Thursday to speak at an international conference on conflict resolution. The conference will bring together academics, journalists and politicians from a number of regions in conflict including Ireland.

Speaking before his departure, the Dublin South-Central TD said: "The Basque peace process is currently at a critical juncture. While Sinn Féin does not believe that the Irish process can provide a template for any other conflict resolution process, there are nonetheless lessons to be drawn from our experience here to help the Basque people design their own course to bring an end to the conflict.

"Central to this is the need for dialogue and political momentum. Sinn Féin believes that there is an enormous opportunity for political progress in the Basque Country at this time. For this opportunity to be seized there is an onus on all political parties to engage in meaningful dialogue.

"In our view an agreement between the main political protagonists on the modalities and timescale for all-party talks would give the process an enormous boost.

"Cleary there is also a need for Batasuna to be unbanned to enable this process to succeed and for an end to all forms of political harassment."

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