Zapatero to push for end of ETA in talks with terrorists

29th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

29 May 2006, MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will try to convince ETA to disband when his government begins talks with the terrorist group later this month, it was reported.

29 May 2006

MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will try to convince ETA to disband when his government begins talks with the terrorist group later this month, it was reported.

Spanish newspapers reported Zapatero will try to secure the eventual end of the Basque separatist organisation.

What the prime minister will offer the terrorists in return was not clear.

The peace process, which started after ETA declared a permanent ceasefire in March, appears to be at a crossroads.

Five members of Batasuna, ETA's banned political wing, are due to appear before a court on Wednesday accused of various offences.

The Batasuna members, including the party's leader Arnaldo Otegi, could be jailed.

But Batasuna sources warned if Otegi is jailed then this could stall the peace process.

The government, meanwhile, has asked Batasuna to abide by the rules of democracy and called on Spain's institutions to act responsibly.

Zapatero was reportedly also determined to avoid getting mired in a party-political row with the opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy during a 'state of the nation' debate which starts on Monday.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news   

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