France, Spain to boost cooperation against ETA

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, April 16, 2007 (AFP) - France and Spain agreed on Monday to step up their cooperation in their fight against the armed Basque seperatist group ETA, which in December staged its first deadly attack since 2003.

MADRID, April 16, 2007 (AFP) - France and Spain agreed on Monday to step up their cooperation in their fight against the armed Basque seperatist group ETA, which in December staged its first deadly attack since 2003.

"We are at a point where it there is a need to pool the information which we have," French Interior Minister Francois Baroin told reporters after holding talks in Madrid with his Spanish counterpart Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.

The two ministers agreed to continue to work to reduce ETA's operational capacity and prevent the group from rebuilding its logistics potential, Spain's interior ministry said in a statement after the meeting.

Last week European police agency Europol warned that ETA, whose 38-year-old campaign for an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southwestern France has claimed over 800 lives, has rebuilt its capacity to strike.

The Spanish government halted its peace process with the armed group after it claimed responsibility for a car bombing at Madrid's airport that killed two Ecuadorian men.

Spanish police arrested nine suspected ETA members and seized some 170 kilograms (375 pounds) of explosives material in northern Spain in late March. They said they had dismantled an ETA cell known as "Donosti" that carried out 24 attacks between 2004 and 2006.

Last week Spanish newspaper ABC cited anti-terrorist sources as saying that ETA has two cells ready to launch attacks in Spain if its banned political wing Batasuna was prevented from entering local elections in May.

More than 40 ETA members are currently under surveillance in Spain and France, Spanish daily El Mundo reported earlier on Monday.


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