Sarkozy promises 'no mercy' for ETA after attack

24th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2007, BAYONNE, France - France will show "no weakness" toward terrorists, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday, after a van loaded with explosives blew up outside a police station in a Basque city in Spain.

24 August 2007

BAYONNE, France - France will show "no weakness" toward terrorists, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday, after a van loaded with explosives blew up outside a police station in a Basque city in Spain.

Sarkozy was speaking in Basque country in southern France. The bombing in Durango, Spain, which slightly injured two people, was the first major attack by the separatist group ETA since it called off a cease-fire in June.

"There will be no weakness toward any sort of terrorism, whatever its origin or motivations, on the territory of France," Sarkozy told reporters.

Asked whether he feared an attack on French soil, he said, "We have nothing to fear _ we need to be vigilant and determined. We are totally determined on this kind of terrorism and all others.

"Terrorists are first and foremost cowards."

ETA has killed more than 800 people since 1968 in its bid to carve an independent Basque state from parts of northeast Spain and southwest France. The group called a cease-fire in March 2006, but grew frustrated with a lack of government concessions in ensuing peace talks and abandoned the truce in June.

In the early 1990s, France stepped up cooperation with Spain in chasing down ETA members who had traditionally sought refuge here.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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