Spain: Government rejects talks to negotiate Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) disarmament and dissolution
Spain’s right-leaning government flatly rejected Sunday an offer by armed Basque group ETA to negotiate its disarmament and dissolution.
ETA, blamed for 829 killings in more than four decades of fighting for a Basque homeland, said Saturday it was ready to discuss disarming and disbanding with France and Spain under certain conditions.
The group, which last year said it had abandoned violence, said in a statement on Basque newspaper Gara’s website that one outstanding issue was the transfer of Basque prisoners to jails closer to home.
But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party government refused to consider talks with ETA.
“They know that we have not negotiated nor will we negotiate in any way with the terrorist organization,” Interior Minister Fernandez Diaz told reporters.