Franco-Spanish police unit to combat ETA threat

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A permanent police unit to combat the threat posed by the armed Basque separatist group ETA


   LISBON, December 9, 2007 - France and Spain have agreed to create a
permanent police unit to combat the threat posed by the armed Basque
separatist group ETA, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sunday.
   "We have agreed to establish a permanent joint investigation team against
terrorism and ETA," Zapatero told reporters at an EU-Africa summit here.
   The move follows talks on Saturday between Zapatero and French President
Nicolas Sarkozy.
   ETA broke a ceasefire pact in June and is suspected of shooting two Spanish
police officers in southwestern France on December 1. Both died and received
state funerals.
   The Basque separatist group is blamed for the deaths of more than 800
people during its nearly 40-year campaign to establish an independent nation
in parts of northwestern Spain and southwestern France.

AFP

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