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    INTRODUCTION
    The so-called "committee of nine" which represent Spain's opposition parties, have started negotiations with the Spanish government.

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    INTRODUCTION
    The so-called "committee of nine" which represent Spain's opposition parties, have started negotiations with the Spanish government. They're seeking recognition of all political parties in Spain, and an amnesty for political prisoners.

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting between the government and four delegates from the opposition was held at Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez' residence. The chosen delegates are Senor Julio Jauregui, representing the Basques; liberal representative, Senor Joaquim Satrustegui; Senor Anton Canellas, a Christian Democrat and also a Catalan; and the young leader of the Spanish Workers Socialist Party, Senor Felipe Gonzalez. It is the first formal meeting between the government and the opposition group since the 1936-39 civil war. The opposition leaders directly asked Prime Minister Suarez to release all political prisoners and recognise all parties. At the same time, the Cortes, the Spanish parliament, most of whose members were appointed by the late General Franco, were discussing the dismantling of the state-run trade union organisation.

    A joint statement, issued by both sides, said the Spanish government was deeply considering the amnesty and the recognition of parties. This has ended the government's previous refusal to recognise the communists, and allow them to take part in the promised general election later this year. The communists deliberately excluded themselves from the opposition negotiating team in order not to embarrass the government over the recognition issue. The government was also persuaded to grant an amnesty by the continued rioting in the northern Basque region.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8NJX9ZDPYWUYX9YGZ9FNH0VGL
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NJX9ZDPYWUYX9YGZ9FNH0VGL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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