Zapatero in new talks over Basque peace deal

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1 September 2005, MADRID — Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to open fresh talks with the Basque premier in the hope of finding a peace deal in the Basque Country.

1 September 2005

MADRID — Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to open fresh talks with the Basque premier in the hope of finding a peace deal in the Basque Country.

Juan José Ibarretxe will meet the Spanish leader next Wednesday, 7 September, at the Moncloa Palace, the prime minister's residence, in Madrid.

The talks come after Ibarretxe said he would hold "discreet" talks with the members of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna.

Batasuna is the political wing of the terrorist organisation ETA.

Zapatero has said he will only talk to ETA when they end their armed struggle in which they have killed more than 830 people during a 30-year campaign. 

Zapatero met Ibarretxe in May but little came of promises to open a new era of 'dialogue'.

Earlier this year, the Spanish parliament approved Zapatero's plans to open talks with ETA if it gave up violence.

It was the first time the parliament had ever done this though behind the scenes talks between Madrid and ETA had been undertaken, off and on, for years.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news 

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