Six important figures of the international political life presented a manifesto to boost the peace process in which they engaged to back it. Two Nobel Peace Prize winners are among the signatories.
The former Italian president Francesco Cossiga, the former Portuguese president Mario Soares, the Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams, the secretary general of the South-African governmental party African National Congress Kgalema Motlante, the Mexican politician and founder of the Democratic Revolution Party PRD Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, and the Argentinean Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel unveiled a manifesto to boost the peace process in the Basque Country on Monday, October 9.
The signatories of the document think the steps "to overcome confrontation politics and to open a way of recognition and civic compromise, result of the praiseworthy effort of democratic will of the two sides, the Basque and the Spanish, during the last few months" is very positive.
The signatories welcome the nascent stage, "in which the triumph of the culture of the word prevails over silence and unreasonableness' explosion." They think dialogue and negotiation are "the only tool able to solve political problems and settle the foundations to build a real Peace."
They encourage Basque and Spanish to follow the way started "until they eradicate its causes and effects once and for all within the framework of resolution and democratic normalisation."
The six important figures voiced their readiness to boost the process "from now on, undertaking to support all those initiatives aimed to protect and provide democratic solutions for its achievement."
INTERNATIONAL DECLARATION ON SUPORT OF THE BASQUE PROCESS
Looking the new political situation created in Euskal Herria/Basque Country and taking in account mainly:
l the will to open an oficial contact line bettwen the basque organization ETA and the Spanish Government.
l The statement of Spanish President Mr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero committing to respect any decision taken by the basque people exclusively through democratic ways and legal procedures.
l The intense activity promoted by the basque political forces, trade unions and social movements.
1.- We consider very positive the recent initiatives taken to overcome the ongoing political confrontation and the opening of a process of mutual recognition and civic compromise consequence of the hard work and democratic commitment expressed by both sides the basque and Spanish one.
2.- We welcome this new phase, in wich words are beginning to triumph over silence and the bedlam of injustice and thus facilitate dialogue and negotiation. This is the only way to resolve political problems and lay foundation for a true Peace, based both on mutual recognition and agreement between the parties and on the universal rights of democracy.
3.- We encourage and exhort all the parties concerned, in complete absence of violence form both sides, to join us in pursuing tirelessly the hard but rewarding journey to wich we have committed ourselves, soothing the ancient wounds of the long conflict with the balm of responsible politics and using our determination and the precepts of democracy to eradicate for ever the causes and effects of the conflict.
4.- Finally we declare our readiness to support, in every way that is humanly possible, any process that leads to the attainment of Peace and we commit ourselves, form this day on, to promote all initiatives whose objective is to achieve that result by democratic means.