French, Spanish police will meet to discuss ETA

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, MADRID (AFP) - Spain will host the latest six-monthly meeting between French and Spanish police chiefs, with the fight against the armed Basque separatist organisation ETA high on the agenda, Spanish police announced Sunday.

15 October 2007

MADRID (AFP) - Spain will host the latest six-monthly meeting between French and Spanish police chiefs, with the fight against the armed Basque separatist organisation ETA high on the agenda, Spanish police announced Sunday.

Joan Mesquida, head of Spain's police and civil guard, will meet with Frederic Pechenard, the head of France's national police service, on Tuesday.

They will discuss the work of Franco-Spanish teams created three years ago that operate on both sides of the border. They will also cover international terrorism, illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The meeting comes after a series of significant setbacks for ETA. In recent months, French police have unearthed ETA arms caches and arrested a number of its members.

But the group keeps fighting on, shifting its tactics as the years go by. It called off its latest ceasefire in June.

Now, some observers believe an ETA-blamed car bombing in Spain's Basque country last week marks yet another strategy change that involves the deliberate targetting people for the first time since 2003.

The Basque group is blamed for 819 deaths in its nearly 40-year, violent struggle for an independent Basque nation in northern Spain and parts of southwestern France.

AFP

Subject: French news

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