Otegi claims police still harassing Batasuna

19th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 April 2006, BILBAO — The leader of the banned political wing of ETA has demanded police stop harassing Batasuna supporters.

19 April 2006

BILBAO — The leader of the banned political wing of ETA has demanded police stop harassing Batasuna supporters.

Arnaldo Otegi, who heads Batasuna, made the demands in a three-hour meeting with the Basque regional prime minister Juan José Ibarretxe.

The meeting between the two men was seen as a key pointer to how the fledgling peace process is going.

It comes nearly a month after ETA declared a permanent ceasefire for the first time, possibly ending nearly 40 years of terrorist violence.

Otegi told Ibarretxe a key point in the movement towards peace was the end of "confrontation and tension" generated by police harassment of Batasuna supporters.

Ibarretxe has been involved in a series of talks with Basque parties, but the meeting with Otegi was the most important.

The Basque regional prime minister said afterwards that the talks were conducted with "sincerity and honesty".

On Tuesday, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced a secret service report had concluded the ETA ceasefire was genuine and talks with the Basque separatist organisation could begin at some point in the future.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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