ETA at Jose? Star chef offers jobs to ex-militants

24th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish-born superstar chef Jose Andres on Monday offered jobs to members of the Basque separatist group ETA who are willing to lay down their arms and ask forgiveness for past violence.

"If any member of ETA seeks work, I'll give it to them. Surrender your weapons. And one word: Sorry. The hardest part is behind you. Act. Thank you," Andres said on his Twitter feed, which has nearly 44,000 followers.

The celebrated chef, who was born in the Asturias region of Spain, owns an archipelago of highly regarded restaurants in Washington as well as eateries in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas.

ETA announced last week that it was ending a four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings to force the creation of an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

The group is blamed for the deaths of more than 800 people.

© 2011 AFP

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