Batasuna leader says peace talks 'going nowhere'

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14 December 2006, BILBAO — A leading member of ETA's banned political wing said on Thursday the peace process was "not going anywhere".

14 December 2006

BILBAO — A leading member of ETA's banned political wing said on Thursday the peace process was "not going anywhere".

Pernando Barrena said: "Day by day it has less chance of succeeding."

Barrena said the conditions imposed by the socialist government had made making progress impossible.

He said: "During the past eight months, the socialist party have shown their vision of political process is based on constant aggression to wear down the position of their political enemy, which seems to be us."

Barrena said Zapatero had failed to make any positive moves towards peace.

A series of arrests of ETA members, the theft by the terrorists of hundreds of guns from an armoury in France and constant street violence by ETA supporters have damaged hopes of talks between ETA and the government.

Barrena's comments come amid rumours ETA will suspend its permanent ceasefire before Christmas.

The Basque separatist group announced a truce in March, raising hopes it would end its 38-year-old campaign of terror which has cost over 800 lives.

ETA has fought for an independent Basque nation.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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