Secret meetings which led to ETA ceasefire
24 March 2006, MADRID — A series of secret talks in different European cities between ETA and the Spanish government finally lead to this week's ceasefire, it was reported.
24 March 2006
MADRID — A series of secret talks in different European cities between ETA and the Spanish government finally lead to this week's ceasefire, it was reported.
The Spanish daily El Pais claims the Basque separatist organisation held talks with Basque Socialist party representatives in Oslo and Geneva throughout last year.
But the group first told the Socialist administration of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero it wanted to give up the armed struggle in August 2004.
The paper, citing sources within the Basque nationalist movement, says the meetings were to determine the conditions of an eventual ceasefire.
They did not involve setting the political conditions for a peace settlement.
El Pais says an international organisation was also involved in the ceasefire talks, but it is not named.
The meeting in Geneva took place in July last year and the later one, in Oslo, was held in November.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news