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BBC Wales's Guto Thomas reports
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Monday, 3 July, 2000, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Nation status 'a Plaid goal'
Ieuan Wyn Jones
Ieuan Wyn Jones has a vision of Wales in Europe
One of the three candidates seeking to become Plaid Cymru's next president wants Wales to have "full nation status".

Ieuan Wyn Jones launched his election campaign on Monday in a bid to succeed Dafydd Wigley, who is stepping down due to ill health.



Full nation status means exactly what it says

Plaid Cymru's Ieuan Wyn Jones
Mr Jones said the party must push for full status within the European Union, rather than seek full independence from Westminster.

Pressed for a definition, Mr Jones said: "Full nation status means exactly what it says.

"Whatever status is available for Wales - that is what we should be securing.

"That would enable us to develop our full potential as a nation in the modern world."

Denmark

He said the party was agreed on the immediate objective of securing the same powers as the Scottish parliament for the assembly.

Then the aim would be full national status within the European Union.

He said that would depend on how the European Union evolved but, if secured now, it would mean the same status as Ireland or Denmark.

He also denied admitting in a BBC Radio Wales' interview that Plaid was guilty of saying different things to voters in different areas.

Vision

At the launch of his campaign in Cardiff Bay, he said the four key themes of his campaign would be clarity on constitutional objectives, clarity on policy objectives, restructuring the party's organisation and better consultation with party members.

"We have to have consistency across all policy areas and I want to conduct an audit of all policies," he said.

Speaking about the leadership election, Mr Jones went to say that he and the other two candidates - Helen Mary Jones and Jill Evans - would be judged on their merits.

"People will be able to judge the candidates on their leadership qualities and what their vision is for Wales."

'Prime Minister in waiting'

Backing him at Monday's campaign launch, were Ceredigion AM Elin Jones, Mid and West Wales AM Cynog Dafis, South Wales West AM Dai Lloyd and South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies.

Mr Jones said he had the support of MPs Simon Thomas and Elfyn Llwyd.

Cynog Dafis said Mr Jones had deep integrity, was very professional and was total committed to creating a national future for Wales.

Jocelyn Davies described him as a Prime Minister in waiting.

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