In a much-awaited speech to the Spanish parliament Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has mounted a stubborn defence of his government’s negotiations with Basque terrorists ETA. He came under attack heightened from the opposition after the Madrid airport bombing. It has consistently criticised Zapatero for talking before getting assurances ETA would renounce violence.
“On the twenty ninth of December all the Spanish people heard me say that we were all better off than five years ago, and that in a year’s time we would be even better. Even if it doesn’t happen very often between politicians, I want to admit that I made a clear mistake,” Zapatero said.