ETA can still kill despite setbacks, says minister
11 December 2006, MADRID — The Spanish interior minister said on Monday ETA was at its lowest point ever but "could still kill".
11 December 2006
MADRID — The Spanish interior minister said on Monday ETA was at its lowest point ever but "could still kill".
Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba made the remark after denying the government tried to start talks with the Basque separatist organisation in the summer.
Speaking to the Antena 3 television station, the minister said: "The government can make gestures but we need to see some sign ETA wants to give up the violence. Until now it doesn't appear it wants to."
Rubalcaba was responding to claims made at the weekend that the government had tried to hold talks in August with ETA but the terrorists did not respond.
The minister said: "This is not the truth. Neither the government nor ETA tried to hold talks."
He said one obstacle to peace was street violence by supporters of ETA.
"With violence it is hard to talk if not impossible," said Rubalcaba.
A series of recent arrests of ETA terrorists and the theft of hundreds of pistols and guns from an armoury in France have all served to setback hopes for peace talks.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news