Garcia Lorca's heirs will help identify body 

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Relatives of the Spanish poet maintain they still oppose to his exhumation but will provide DNA if it helps to identify his body.

Madrid – Relatives of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca will allow their DNA to be used to identify his body, though they are still opposed to his exhumation, the daily El Pais said Wednesday.

Garcia Lorca was shot by supporters of General Francisco Franco during Spain's 1936-39 civil war and is believed to have been buried with others in a grave near Granada, in southern Spain.

In September, the Andalucia region's government began work to dig the suspected site, after a request by descendants of another victim, schoolmaster Dioscoro Galindo.

"As the most direct heirs and relatives of Federico Garcia Lorca, we must express one more time that we do not want his remains to be removed from where they have supposedly laid for more than 70 years," his family said in a letter to the government's justice council on Monday.

They also asked, however, to be granted the right to identify his remains and dispose of them if they are found.

Lorca's great-niece Laura Garcia Lorca, the spokeswoman for the family, told El Pais that "if the time comes, we will provide DNA if it helps to identify" the poet's remains.

Lorca "has become a symbol of all the victims because they all had a common fate," the family said Monday, adding that it did not want to "single him out or separate him from the other victims of the repression in Granada."

The family has proposed that the suspected site be declared appropriate for burial.

The poet is believed to have been buried alongside Galindo and two anarchist bullfighters at Alfacar near Granada.

Lorca, Spain's most widely acclaimed 20th century poet, was 38 when he was shot in August 1936, a month after Franco's rebellion against the republican government sparked the civil war.

His poems and plays, which deal with universal themes such as love, death, passion, cruelty and injustice, are widely studied at universities.

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