Zapatero hints ETA terror campaign is nearing end
10 February 2006, MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has suggested the end of ETA's armed struggle may be close.
10 February 2006
MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has suggested the end of ETA's armed struggle may be close.
In a speech, the prime minister said he had the "conviction" that "this is the best moment in many years in which we will see the end of violence".
Zapatero backed-up his claimed by saying that ETA had not killed anyone for over two years.
And he added that the government has "information" that Basque society wants to see an end to the violence.
His comments came amid persistent rumours that ETA will declare a truce.
But despite these rumours the Basque terrorist organisation has continued to carry out small-scale bomb attacks and maintains its campaign of extortion.
Zapatero made these comments during an attack on the Opposition Popular Party, during which he said they should act with more "responsibility" on the question of ETA.
And it comes after a week of fierce political rows over the prospect of the release of some of the most notorious ETA killers.
Many have objected to the release of some ETA terrorists who carried out some of the group's bloody attacks, despite the fact they have served almost 20 years for their crimes.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news