ETA 'terrorists' say Paris is making peace harder

17th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 November 2006, PARIS — A group of suspected ETA terrorists claimed on Friday the French government's "absurd negativism" is making finding peace in the Basque Country harder.

17 November 2006

PARIS — A group of suspected ETA terrorists claimed on Friday the French government's  "absurd negativism" is making finding peace in the Basque Country harder.

In a message read in French to a court in Paris where they are on trial, they said the "ostrich politics" of the French government could extend the conflict.

The message was read to the court by Felix Ignacio Esparza Luri, one of 14 alleged ETA terrorists on trial accused of being part of the separatist group's logistical arm.

Asier Oyarzabal Txapartegui, another of those on trial, is accused of being the group's head of logistics until September 2001.

Their comments come after French president Jacques Chirac recently offered his country's support for Madrid's efforts to find a solution to the 38-year-old conflict.

ETA declared its first permanent ceasefire in March but recently the prospect of opening talks has appeared more unlikely after a spate of street violence by rank-and-file ETA supporters.

Batasuna, ETA's banned political wing, has also said the Spanish government is showing a lack of will to open dialogue and make real gestures towards finding peace.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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