Madrid and ETA 'held series of secret meetings'

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15 January 2007, BILBAO — The Spanish government and ETA had a series of meetings before the Basque terrorist group ended their truce, it was claimed on Monday.

15 January 2007

BILBAO — The Spanish government and ETA had a series of meetings before the Basque terrorist group ended their truce, it was claimed on Monday.

The Basque newspaper Gara, which is seen as the mouthpiece of ETA, reported officials from José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero's government and the banned separatist group met a number of times before the Madrid airport bombing last month.

Previously it had only been thought they met once, possibly in Germany or Turkey.

The secret meetings outside Spain were witnessed by representatives from other countries, the paper reported.
 
Gara said the meetings followed on from a series of encounters between the two sides before ETA announced their 'permanent ceasefire' on 22 March last year.

The paper claimed the government had promised to reduce judicial and police "presence" in the Basque Country and the reduction of arrests of ETA members or supporters.

ETA promised to continue with its ceasefire.

The government has so far not commented on the claims.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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