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Sun Dec 30 09:46:32 MST 2001
US wins Spain's favour with offer to share spy network material
By Isambard Wilkinson in Madrid
The United States has agreed to share highly classified material from
the Anglo-American Echelon intelligence network with the Spanish
Government to help Madrid's battle against the Basque separatist
Echelon is a joint operation by the US National Security Agency and
GCHQ, Britain's eavesdroppers. It was set up in 1948 by the US,
Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and can intercept and
decrypt information transmitted by code machines, emails, telephones
The deal was alluded to by Mr Josep Piqué, Spain's Foreign Minister,
who confirmed in general terms that the US had agreed to spy on ETA.
"It opens up a very promising field of action, so that we can
definitely defeat terrorism."
CUBA REJECTS 'ANTITERRORISM' MOTION AT SUMMIT
The closing session of the 10th Ibero-American Summit, held in Panama
City November 17-19, turned from a unanimous and general condemnation
of "child poverty" into a sharp political confrontation between
Salvadoran president Francisco Flores--backed by the government of
Spain--and Cuban president Fidel Castro over who is responsible for
The Cuban leader rejected the attempt to single out the Basque
pro-independence group ETA for condemnation as "terrorist" in a
resolution adopted at the conclusion of the summit. He focused
attention on Israel's bloody repression of the Palestinian people and
the U.S. government's terrorism, particularly its responsibility for
the tens of thousands of deaths in El Salvador's civil conflict in
the 1980s. The opening of the summit, which ended with language
rarely heard in diplomatic circles, was preceded by a few hours with
the arrest of CIA-trained terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and several
other rightists by Panamanian police.
He noted that the resolution "does not mention state-sponsored
terrorism, and Cuba has had more victims of U.S. state-sponsored
terrorism than anyone."
The Cuban leader pointed to the hypocrisy of the Flores government in
submitting the resolution, given that El Salvador is "where the
leading terrorist [Posada Carriles] resides, and against whom nothing
has been done, and who is now under arrest."
While President José María Aznar and King Juan Carlos of Spain
attended the summit, they chose not to play a visible role in pushing
the "antiterrorism" resolution, leaving that to the Salvadoran
regime. In a "private visit" to Madrid about a week prior to the
summit, Salvadoran president Flores held discussions with Spanish
officials and opposition Socialist Party figures, with "ETA
terrorism" being one of the main topics.
Josep Piqué, Spain's foreign minister, criticized Cuba for abstaining
on the resolution. He warned that Cuba's stance would prevent the
continuation of "a normal relationship."
WSWS : News & Analysis : Europe
Britain and Spain agree to negotiate constitutional changes in
By Vicky Short
1 December 2001
The foreign ministers of Britain and Spain, Jack Straw and Josep
Piqué, met in Barcelona November 20 and agreed a six-month
negotiation process to resolve the contentious constitutional issues
surrounding Gibraltars status.
The 6.5 square kilometre outcrop at the southern tip of the Iberian
Peninsula was seized by British naval forces in 1704, and was
formally ceded to Britain in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. Spains last
attempt to take it back by force was in 1779.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEMS ARE ALSO CONCERNING SPAIN
"On the beaches of Tangiers, thousands of people are lined up waiting
their turn for the next illegal 'patera' (rowing boat), to carry them
to Spain", commented Spain's Foreign Minister Josep Piqué. As to the
drug problem, Piqué pointed out, "it is obvious that this is not
being cultivated in Spain".
As part of his two-day official visit to Spain, Croatian Foreign
Minister Tonino Picula has met today in Madrid his Spanish
counterpart Josep Piqué.
Minister Picula has outlined the social and political situation in
Croatia and the region. He said that, with Spain being the sixth
biggest foreign investor in the world, Croatia was keen to attract
Spanish investments as soon as possible. Minister Piqué fully agreed
with his Croatian counterpart that Croatia was a factor of stability
in the region, and added that Spain considered Croatia a crucial
factor of democratisation and security in this part of Europe.
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 12/30/2001
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