The People's Party (PP), the main opposition party in Spain, said on Wednesday that there is clear evidence that members of the Basque separatist group ETA and of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are living "comfortably and sheltered" by the "regime" headed by President Hugo Chávez.
Jorge Moragas, a Spanish deputy and coordinator of International Relations of PP, said in an interview from Madrid with Colombian radio station RCN that his party requested the Spanish Executive to ask Venezuelan officials for an explanation about Caracas' alleged collaboration with ETA and the FARC, Efe reported
The PP leader added that "there are clear signs that members of the terrorist group ETA live comfortably and sheltered by a regime that has an apparent totalitarian nature."
Moragas stressed that "it is understandable but unacceptable" that terrorist organizations such as ETA or the FARC "are sheltered by a regime such as the one led by Hugo Chávez."
Although the Spanish government has said that Venezuela is collaborating to resolve the issue, the deputy of the right-wing political party questioned Chávez's cooperation. "For a very long time now, we have been reporting excessive political rapprochement between the government of Spain and the government of Hugo Chávez," Moragas said.
The Spanish Member of Parliament said that he has always considered that Chávez's project is "a clearly totalitarian and anti-democratic regime."
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."