Zapatero is to start talks with ETA this summer
15 June 2006, MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has said he wants to start talks with ETA this summer after informing parliament first.
15 June 2006
MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has said he wants to start talks with ETA this summer after informing parliament first.
In an interview with the radio station Cadena Ser, Zapatero was asked directly if he would start talks with the Basque separatist organisation.
In response, he said: "This is my intention."
He said he would not reveal when he planned to make the announcement to parliament.
But it was most likely to be when Zapatero is due to appear before the Congress on 21 or 28 June.
Last year, Spain's parliament passed a law which gives a sitting government the right to start talks with ETA if it is satisfied it had given up its 38-year-old armed struggle.
Zapatero told Cadena Ser he was determined to try to regain the support of the conservative opposition Popular Party (PP) for the peace process.
The PP leader Mariano Rajoy said last week he intended to break off relations with the government after it was announced, without his knowledge, that the Socialists would start talks with Batasuna, ETA's banned political wing.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news