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Spain government rejects ETA request for talks

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The Spanish government has refused to hold talks with Basque separatist group ETA.

The militant organisation, which has been blamed for 829 deaths over four decades, announced an end to violence seven months ago.

In a statement released to the French press, ETA says it wants to negotiate with the government.

However, Spain’s government is flatly refusing to meet with the group.

“The only communication that we are demanding and expecting from ETA is the one about their unconditional disbandment,” said Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz.

Despite the ETA truce, the governments of Spain and France still considers it a terrorist organisation.

ETA, who want a separate Basque state in northern Spain and south west France, had been hoping to meet with officials from Madrid and Paris to discuss the fate of prisoners belonging to the group.