Basque Premier Ibarretxe speaks to parliament in Madrid.
Basque premier Juan Jose Ibarretxe delivers a speech during a special parliamentary session to debate his plan for a "status of free association" with Spain to the national Parliament in Madrid February 1, 2005. The plan, which the mainstream Socialist and right-of-centre Popular Parties say violates Spain's 1978 constitution, which allows regions a certain degree of autonomy from Madrid, is likely to end in rejection by a wide margin. The ruling Socialists also say the plan divides the Basque country and that it favours violent Basque separatist group ETA. REUTERS/Paul Hanna PH/AA