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Spain's Opposition Backs Government on ETA


The opposition in Spain has offered its support to the government in dealing with the Basque separatist group ETA, which announced a permanent cease-fire last week.

Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy expressed his group's position after talks in Madrid Tuesday with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Rajoy said he asked Mr. Zapatero to make no concessions to the separatist group and ensure there is no change in the Basque region's status.

Mr. Zapatero has said he will push for talks in coming months with the separatists, if the ceasefire proves authentic.

More than 800 people have been killed since ETA launched its campaign in 1968 for creation of an independent Basque state in northern Spain and southwestern France.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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