Zapatero in talks with King over ETA ceasefire

23rd March 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 March 2006, MADRID — Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriuez held an extraordinary meeting with King Juan Carlos to discuss the ETA ceasefire.

23 March 2006

MADRID — Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriuez held an extraordinary meeting with King Juan Carlos to discuss the ETA ceasefire.

The meeting between the King and the prime minister was held in the Zarzuela Palace on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Fernando Moraleda, government spokesman, said if ETA abides by its promise to give up violence, then Zapatero's administration will follow its side of the bargain and could begin talks.

He said it would abide by the law passed last year in parliament which allowed a Spanish government to start talks with ETA providing it renounced its armed struggle.

Meanwhile, Arnaldo Otegi, the leader of the banned political wing of Batasuna, will not have to face court over a charge of inciting an uprising until next week.

The national court has delayed the hearing planned for Friday until Wednesday while it hears medical reports as Otegi is said to be suffering from bronchitis.

But the move was criticised by Mariano Rajoy, leader of the opposition conservative Popular Party, who said the ceasefire should not affect justice.

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Subject: Spanish news

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