'ETA to suspend ceasefire before Christmas':claim
12 December 2006, MADRID — ETA is to suspend its ceasefire before Christmas, a former member of its political wing claimed on Tuesday.
12 December 2006
MADRID — ETA is to suspend its ceasefire before Christmas, a former member of its political wing claimed on Tuesday.
Txema Montero, a lawyer and former member of Batasuna, said in an interview with the newspaper El Diario Vasco the terrorist group would suspend the nine-month-old truce within ten or 15 days.
Montero said this could then lead to an eventual end of the truce altogether.
ETA declared its first ever 'permanent' ceasefire in March, raising hopes it was finally ending its 38-year-old armed struggle for an independent Basque Country.
But in recent months, lack of progress, a series of arrests of ETA terrorists in France and the theft of hundreds of guns by the Basque separatists have all served to dim hopes of any talks ever getting under way.
Street violence in the Basque Country by ETA supporters and lack of cooperation from the opposition Popular Party with the government have also served to hamper planned talks.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news