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meades
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posted 30 September 2002 08:40 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has
strongly ruled out granting greater self-rule to
the Basque region - only days after the
province's governor called for an early
referendum on the issue.

Mr Aznar insisted that no part of the Spanish
state would be able to break away and create
what he called an "illegal regime".

On Friday, Basque regional
leader Juan Jose Ibarretxe
suggested a vote within a
year on sharing sovereignty
with Spain over three
Basque provinces, creating
a "state of free association"



quote:
"There is not going to be any room for breaking
away. No-one is going to impose an illegal
regime," Mr Aznar said, addressing his
centre-right Popular Party.


quote:
Last week's
controversial suggestions from Mr Ibarretxe
envisaged plans being drawn up for a "new
pact for co-existence", which would then be
put to the vote.

He said the Basque region's two million
residents had the right to decide their own
future.


Looks like Aznar considers his imperial pride more important than the democratic will of the people. Surprise, surprise.

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From: Sault Ste. Marie | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
verbatim
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posted 30 September 2002 08:47 PM      Profile for verbatim   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't see Aznar's statement as a blanket refusal to consider semi-autonomy, but rather a denial that the Basque region will be able to become independent. I doubt the Spanish consider any of their semi-autonomous regions to be independent.
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rici
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posted 01 October 2002 12:41 PM      Profile for rici     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
For an alternate view from a Basque socialist, check out this column in El Pais (in Spanish).

The author, Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, is a socialist deputy who makes clear his disagreement both with Aznar and with the lehendakari Ibarratxe.

Obviously, there is more than one view possible, but I don't think that it is helpful to describe Aznar as an imperialist. Right-wing, neoliberal, authoritarian, yes. Inflammatory, certainly. But in the end, as Jáuregui points out, the popular will to create a Basque nation simply does not exist.

[ October 01, 2002: Message edited by: Rici Lake ]


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