We gather here the main proposals regarding the resolution of the conflict since the Declaration of Aiete:
- Declaration of Aiete
- Solution is blowing in the wind
- Recommendations of the Social Forum
- Basque Way for peace
DECLARATION OF AIETE
A declaration signed by relevant international personalities which marks a valid and totally current roadmap to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Basque Country.
The declaration is the fruit of the International Conference to promote the resolution of the conflict in the Basque Country, celebrated on October 17th, 2011, in the Casa de la Paz in Donostia-San Sebastian. A large representation of Basque political, social and trade union members took part in the conference together with international leaders.
The final declaration was presented by relevant international leaders who gathered there:
- Kofi Annan: Former Secretary General of the United Nations.
- Gro Harlem Bruntland: Former Prime Minister of Norway and member of The Elders (an independent group of leaders who work together for peace and human rights).
- Bertie Ahern: Former Prime Minister of Ireland.
- Pierre Joxe: Former Home Secretary and Defence Minister of the French Republic and former president of the socialist group in the National Assembly.
- Gerry Adams: Leader of Sinn Fein.
- Jonathan Powell: Downing Street Chief of Staff, under British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Came in representation of Tony Blair.
Numerous international leaders welcomed this declaration: the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Carter Foundation, the former US senator George Mitchell, among others.
SOLUTION IS BLOWING IN THE WIND
In the document the Abertzale Left recognized the pain and suffering of the diverse manifestations of violence that have been produced in the Basque Country.
It speaks of the necessity for transitional justice that establishes a combination of political and legal measures to aid in developing a democratic process in the Basque Country.
It proposes the creation of a truth commission of an international and independent nature, politically impartial, and without any type of exclusion.
Finally it remarks on the value of dialogue and democratic agreement as a way of resolution and a guarantee of no repetition. For that they propose a dialogue based on the Mitchell Principles and calls on the rest of Basque political formations to make those principles their own.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SOCIAL FORUM
The combination of 12 recommendations presented in May of 2013 by international experts who took part in the Social Forum for Peace celebrated in March of 2013.
The objective of these recommendations is to help unblock the peace process in the Basque Country, looking for agreements and solutions among all of the political, social and institutional agents. For that they seek to give a response to the questions relative to four main subjects: decommissioning and disarming, prisoners and those on the run, human rights, and truth and memory.
On the 23rd October 2014, during a visit of the ICG to the Basque Country, Lokarri and Bakebidean held a press conference to announce the conclusions of the June 2014 session of the Social Forum to promote the peace process. The Press Conference was chaired by Brian Currin, before a conference to analyze the current situation of the Peace Process.
Conclusions of the Social Forum to promote the peace process – June 2014.
EH Bildu’s Basque Way for Peace
On Sunday 26th April 2015, Euskal Herria Bildu presented The Basque way for Peace, EH Bildu’s own proposal regarding the resolution of the consequences of the conflict. The proposal includes four specific road-maps with EH Bildu’s proposals regarding four of the outstanding consequences of the conflict (Victims and Memory, Penal and Penitentiary Policy and Return Of On The Run’s, Disarmament and Demilitarisation)