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Adams welcomes Basque Abertzale Left statement

16 November, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Commenting on this mornings statement by Basque Abertzale Left, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said;

“Today’s statement from Abertzale Left is a welcome development. It is a positive and important public declaration which envisages a route out of the current ongoing conflict.

“In particular I welcome the Abertzale Left declaration that the only way to arrive at a democratic solution is through the democratically expressed will of the people and their commitment to respect any decision freely and peacefully made by Basque citizens.

“Their unconditional declaration of support for a peaceful, political and democratic process should be welcomed by the friends of the Basque and Spanish peoples, by all friends of the quest for peace in the Spanish State.

“So too the commitment to support the Mitchell Principles as a governing instrument in future dialogue aimed at securing a democratic outcome by exclusively peaceful and democratic means.

“This political initiative needs space to bloom. I reiterate my call in recent days for all involved to create the space. An important first step has been taken as part of a process.” ENDS

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