'No more truces with ETA after attack': minister
9 January 2007, MADRID — The government will never again negotiate with the Basque separatist group ETA after the Madrid airport bombing, it was reported on Tuesday.
9 January 2007
MADRID — The government will never again negotiate with the Basque separatist group ETA after the Madrid airport bombing, it was reported on Tuesday.
Interior minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said: "They broke their word, they deceived. They have a different logic, a murderous, psychopathic logic.”
He added: “There will never again be another credible truce with ETA. The next time they call a truce, everyone will say, ‘A truce — just like the one at Barajas,’ ” referring to the name of the Madrid airport.
In an interview with The New York Times, Rubalcaba said the attack, which destroyed a garage and left two people dead and about two dozen wounded, came as a complete surprise not only to the government but also to ETA’s own political wing, Batasuna.
"Nobody really knows why ETA did it, because we’ve even seen that Batasuna has been completely shaken by it,” Rubalcaba said.
"ETA even deceived its own political arm. We knew there was tension with ETA and with Batasuna, but this was a surprise. It was impossible to predict something like this."
He accused ETA of miscalculating by thinking it could 'soften up' the government by using violence while hoping to keep talking.
"They wanted to negotiate with the only thing they know, which is violence,” he said. “But they went too far."
Subject: Spanish news