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Spain's new King Felipe meets with victims of terrorism at 1st official act with Queen Letizia

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    Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, left, Queen Letizia, centre, and Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, right, arrive during an event in support of victims of terrorism, in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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    Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, center left, Queen Letizia, center right, and Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, fourth left first row, hold a minute of silence in memory of victims of terrorism during an event in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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MADRID — Spain’s new king and queen have met victims of terrorism in their first official act together since being proclaimed monarchs.

In his first speech as king at his proclamation in Parliament on Thursday, King Felipe VI said those who had been victims of terrorist violence, who “lost their lives or suffered to defend our freedom,” would be remembered with “immense respect.”

today’s meeting was attended by representatives of several groups of terror victims, who asked the king and Queen Letizia to press for justice in unsolved crimes committed by the separatist group ETA. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz was also present.

Daniel Portero, who heads the Dignity and Justice association, said there are more than 300 ETA-related murder cases that have not yet been solved.

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