Spain: Government rejects request for talks with Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA)
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.