Most Spaniards favour peace talks with ETA

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2 May 2005, MADRID — Almost three in five Spaniards favour peace negotiations between the central government and the Basque separatist movement ETA, according to an opinion poll.

2 May 2005

MADRID — Almost three in five Spaniards favour peace negotiations between the central government and the Basque separatist movement ETA, according to an opinion poll.

The survey for the Catalan newspaper 'El Periodico' found that 57 percent of those questioned backed talks, 37 percent were against and 5.6 percent either did not know or gave no answer. It was carried out less than two weeks after 17 April elections in the Basque country.

Among Basques, 75.5 percent were in favour of talks and 18.9 percent against.

A poll carried out before the elections by the 'El Pais' newspaper found 56.2 percent of Basques in favour of talks with ETA provided it first lays down its weapons, while 26.1 percent supported talks without conditions and 11.7 percent opposed any talks.

The Socialist government headed by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has made it a precondition for any talks with ETA, blamed for the loss of 800 lives since 1968, that it abandon the armed struggle.

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Subject: Spanish news

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