Zapatero rejects ETA talks

14th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 September 2004, MADRID – A Basque nationalist party demanded Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Tuesday start talks with ETA.

14 September 2004

MADRID – A Basque nationalist party demanded Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero Tuesday start talks with ETA.

Begoña Errazti, leader of Eusko Alkartasuna (EA), said the present government should initiate talks with the Basque terrorist group "as other governments have done".

She said the government should start talks to end more than 30 years of terrorist attacks by ETA, which have killed more than 800 people.

But Zapatero said violence will only end when ETA abandons its arms.

In talks in Madrid Tuesday, the two politicians disagreed on the so-called 'plan Ibarretxe', named after the Basque regional prime minister who came up with the proposal.

The plan would give the Basque Country more independence, including its own courts and representation at the EU.

But the government has rejected the plan.

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Subject: Spanish news

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