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Spain asks US for help on extraditions from Cuba

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Roberta S. Jacobson, centre, left, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, at the start of the Cuba talks at the State Department in Washington, recently.


Spain said it has asked the United States to use its talks on taking Cuba off the blacklist of nations sponsoring terrorism to help obtain the extradition of two members of the armed Basque group

ETA from the communist country.

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo yesterday said the government has been in talks with the US in the hope of getting Cuba to extradite JosÈ Angel Urtiaga and JosÈ Ignacio Etxarte to Spain.

They are wanted since 2010 in a probe into alleged links between Venezuela, ETA and the Colombian rebel group, the FARC.

Cuba's 33-year status on the terrorism list stems from its support decades ago for ETA and the FARC.

The list is a major hurdle in US-Cuban negotiations to end a half-century diplomatic freeze.