Madrid dismisses ETA call for outside mediators
25 November 2005, MADRID ? The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has appealed to the international community to intervene to find peace deal with Madrid.
25 November 2005
MADRID ? The Basque terrorist organisation ETA has appealed to the international community to intervene to find peace deal with Madrid.
ETA sent a statement to some foreign embassies and news organisations such as the BBC calling on the international community to participate in a negotiated settlement to the conflict, and for more power in the Basque region.
The Spanish government dismissed the new statement from ETA, saying it does not meet expectations.
A senior aide to prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said it does not call for a ceasefire nor does it say the group is renouncing violence.
"It is not the communique that all of us had been hoping for," the aide said, referring to recent speculation in Madrid that a major ETA cease-fire announcement could happen at any moment.
"The government received the statement, studied it, but is not giving it the slightest attention. The only statement we want is one declaring the end of the violence," the aide added.
ETA has been blamed for more than 800 killings in its 37-year fight for Basque independence.
ETA has not killed anyone since 2003, although it continues a campaign of bombings that have caused injuries and property damage this year.
More than 500 ETA prisoners are now in Spanish jails, after police in Spain and France, where ETA terrorists hide out, boosted cooperation in recent years.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news