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2006-08-18 06:28:21

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday peace talks with the Spanish government were in crisis and threatened to respond to what it called repression of pro-independence activists. "If the attacks continue against Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), ETA will respond," the group said, using language which will be interpreted here as a threat to end its five-month-old ceasefire and resume 38 years of armed struggle. The unspecified threat was...

2006-06-11 14:32:09

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero says he will begin peace talks with Basque armed separatists ETA this month, despite opposition protests against negotiations. Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards allied to the conservative Popular Party (PP) marched against Zapatero's plans on Saturday and demanded ETA lay down guns before talks. But the prime minister said the majority of Spaniards backed negotiations to end 38 years of ETA violence. "I'm going to open...

2006-03-27 12:24:50

BILBAO, Spain (Reuters) - Basque police arrested two people suspected of having links to ETA on Monday, the Basque Interior Ministry said, days after the armed separatist group declared a permanent ceasefire. After ETA announced its truce, politicians insisted that the judiciary and police would continue to crack down on the group that has waged a 38-year violent campaign to carve an independent state out of the Basque Country in northern Spain and southwest France. The Basque...

2006-03-26 08:25:16

MADRID (Reuters) - Most Spaniards favor talks with the Basque separatist group ETA now that it has declared a permanent cease-fire -- but only to discuss disarmament, not self-determination, an opinion poll indicated on Sunday. The survey in the newspaper El Mundo suggested 68.4 percent of Spaniards wanted the government to open formal talks with ETA after the cease-fire, announced on Wednesday, raised hopes of an end to its 38-year armed struggle. However, 50 percent of the 800...

2006-03-24 11:41:59

By Elisabeth O'Leary SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) - A cease-fire by Basque separatist rebels ETA began on Friday and Spain's prime minister said he hoped to start peace talks with the group this year, once he was sure it really had laid down its guns forever. Politicians of all colors have demanded ETA hand in its weapons and prove it has ended four decades of bloody fighting for an independent Basque state before any talks begin. "The government has sufficient means to check what...

2006-03-24 06:51:33

By Elisabeth O'Leary SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) - A ceasefire declared by Basque guerrilla group ETA came into force on Friday, spreading hope that four decades of violence and fear might finally have come to an end. In San Sebastian, one of ETA's strongholds on the coast of the northern Basque region, residents were buoyed by the prospect of peace but still cautious as ETA has offered ceasefires in the past only to revert to violence. "There's something different in the air, a...

2006-03-23 18:24:48

By Gideon Long and Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID/SAN SEBASTIAN (Reuters) - A ceasefire declared by Basque separatists ETA came into force on Friday as politicians in Spain and throughout Europe urged the group to hand over its weapons and renounce violence for good. The truce, announced unexpectedly on Wednesday, came into force at midnight (2300 GMT), ushering in hopes that after 38 years in which it has killed about 850 people, ETA might finally have abandoned its violent campaign for...

2006-03-23 15:25:02

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish political leaders on Thursday demanded that ETA prove that it has abandoned violence before there can be talks on the separatist group's ceasefire in its campaign for independence for the Basque country. ETA, which has killed almost 850 people in its 38-year armed campaign, declared a permanent ceasefire on Wednesday and on Thursday it offered "dialogue, negotiation and agreement." There is still some way to go before ETA makes its way to...

2006-03-23 10:29:56

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Spain greeted Basque guerrilla group ETA's declaration of a ceasefire with a blend of hope and skepticism on Thursday, and the government indicated its response would be slow and cautious. The left-wing administration said it planned to meet opposition parties next week to chart the way ahead. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero did not say if or when he would start talking with ETA. Justice Minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar said the...

2006-03-23 07:24:54

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government should take a hard line with ETA, analysts said on Thursday, a day after the Basque guerrilla group announced a ceasefire that has been greeted with widespread political and media skepticism. While the leading pro-government newspaper El Pais hailed Wednesday's declaration of a permanent ceasefire as "an unprecedented opportunity" and a success for democracy, other commentators warned that this may be just another false dawn....


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