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ETA puts pressure on Spanish government over talks

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ETA puts pressure on Spanish government over talks


The violent Basque separatist group, ETA, has issued a veiled threat to the Spanish government. Four months after announcing a permanent ceasefire, the group has warned that future generations would be prepared to fight if their current demands are not met. In a statement posted on the internet, the group claims that oppression and violation of human rights are continuing. It goes on to say a return to violence in the future cannot be ruled out.

The government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has committed itself to engaging in dialogue with ETA, but there are conditions: “Eta must do two things,” said Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, “stop all violence and also give up all hope of achieving any of their aims through violent means.” ETA’s declaration of a ceasefire last March brought almost forty years of bloody violence to an end. However, 12 suspected members of the group were arrested earlier this week during a joint French-Spanish operation. It is alleged they were engaged in extortion as a means of raising funds. Among those arrested was Julen Madariaga, a man considered one of the founding members of ETA.
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