The European Parliament has voted to back Spain’s peace process with the Basque separatist group, ETA, by a slim majority.
A resolution supporting the peace talks with the armed group, launched by the Spanish Prime Minister, was passed by 321 votes to 311. A separate motion by conservatives saying that ETA had not met pre-conditions for talks was narrowly defeated.
ETA declared a permanent ceasefire earlier this year, after a four decade terror campaign, aimed at winning a separate Basque state. The President of the European Parliament said the vote for the peace process was “a message of unity against terrorism” . He said: “the Council of Europe has once again remembered the victims of terrorism.”
But right-wing opponents of the vote said the peace talks and the debate only served to give publicity to what they described as “terrorists”.