Hacía algún tiempo que no veíamos en el diario Irish Times información sobre la situación en la que se encuentra el Proceso de Paz en Euskadi. Este diario siempre ha seguido con gran interés, e incluso con implicación, todo lo relacionado con el camino seguido por los vascos para alcanzar el final de la violencia, incluyendo claras críticas a la lentitud con la que ETA, es su momento, decidió renunciar al uso de la violencia.

Ahora ven, sin duda con preocupación, cómo el Proceso de Paz está atascado o, simplemente, no parece existir. Preguntándose sobre la posibilidades reales que existen de que parte de la organización terrorista decida volver a usar la violencia.  Traemos aquí dos reflexiones publicadas en este diario: una de Guy Hedgecoe y otra de  Paddy Woodworth sobre la situación actual. Ambas aparecieron publicadas a mediados del mes de junio.

The Irish Times -18/6/2013 – Irlanda

Basque Country: Thoughts of a return to war as unusual as the bad weather

We were having a very good lunch, if a simple one by the standards of this city of world-class gastronomy: scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms harvested that morning, toasted goat’s cheese salad and curdled sheep’s milk with honey. But the woman opposite me was in despair. She spends her working life promoting Basque culture abroad and always encourages foreigners to visit her country. The previous day she had met two irate Irish women in the old quarter of San Sebastian. They had two questions that it pained her to answer.

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The Irish Times -18/6/2013 – Irlanda

Signs of chill in Basque region’s climate of peace

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Dove-shaped balloons being released in Bilbao earlier this month at the end of the final meeting of Basque peace association Gesto por la Paz after 28 years of existence, following Eta’s permanent ceasefire and cessation of armed activity in 2011. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

 

It is now more than 18 months since terrorist group Eta announced the “definitive end” of its armed campaign for an independent Basque state, in what was widely seen as a historic move. But news coming out of the Basque Country in recent weeks has often seemed to contradict the notion that the region in northern Spain has returned to peace and normality after four decades of violence. On May 30th, Basque nationalist labour unions staged a strike across the region against spending cuts, during which there was a handful of violent incidents that recalled the kale borroka, or pro-independence street violence of Eta’s heyday.

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