The Spanish prime minister has urged political parties and victims of terrorism to unite to seek peace following the ETA statement. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was speaking in parliament. Last month he raised hopes of progress by announcing he had information suggesting that the beginning of the end of ETA was at hand. “As I have said before, we must be prudent and cautious,” he remarked. “I repeat that any peace process after so many years of horror and terror will be long and difficult. That is why this process needs everyone’s participation. We must all play our part. I hope that my government can count on the support of all political parties. At this time our thoughts also go out to the victims of terrorism and to those who risk their lives to protect us.”Zapatero has always denied rumours that he has held secret talks with ETA. He says the group must abandon violence for good before any negotiations can take place.
Spanish premier urges unity after ETA statement