Zapatero says first talks with ETA will start soon
19 June 2006, MADRID — The first talks between the government and ETA are to begin shortly to lay down the ground rules.
19 June 2006
MADRID — The first talks between the government and ETA are to begin shortly to lay down the ground rules.
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to inform the Spanish parliament about the talks officially within the next ten days.
The prime minister will tell deputies the government will aim to persuade ETA to give up its armed struggle for good.
The negotiations on the political future of the Basque Country can get underway.
Talks will later be held to grant Batasuna, ETA's banned political wing, legal status, so they can join all-party talks in the future.
But the conservative opposition Popular Party claims no talks can start until ETA stops blackmailing the Basque business community.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news