ETA ceasefire insufficient, ambiguous: Basque government
ETA's ceasefire Sunday is insufficient because it fails to promise a definitive end to violence, the regional Basque government's interior minister Rodolfo Ares said.
"The statement is totally insufficient because it does not respond to what the immense majority of Basque people ask and demand from ETA, which is that it definitively give up terrorist activity," Ares told a news conference.
"ETA does not make that declaration so ETA, once again, is making an ambiguous and misleading statement," the Basque minister said.
The regional minister said the great majority of Basque people wanted ETA to "disappear definitively".
ETA declared in a video statement Sunday that it had decided several months ago to halt violent attacks but did not say whether the ceasefire was permanent or temporary.
Ares said ETA should have announced the decision at the time rather than months later, saying even Basque nationalist movement leaders were apparently unaware ETA had decided months ago on a ceasefire.
But "any declaration of even a temporary halt in terrorist attacks must be considered good news," he said.
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