The desire for nationhood in Wales is no less valid than that of Ireland
and Malta according to new Plaid Cymru President, Dafydd Iwan.
He was speaking out at the same time as some in the Party were warning
about advocating independence too prominently. Cynod Davis who lost
in the ballot that saw Dafydd Iwan elected warned that concentrating
on the aspiration of Welsh independence would be "a disastrous mistake".
However the Plaid Cymru president is properly rejecting such negative
"I think it's important for us to see whatever short-term aspirations
we have in the longer-term context of independence in the European
Union and with a place at the United Nations."
He went on to say that 2004 should be the year that a timetable for
Wales' constitutional progress is set out. He speculated that full
independence in 20 to 25 years was attainable.