International conference on Basque separatists ETA
Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan will be among senior statesmen and politicians at a conference Monday in northern Spain on how to peacefully pursue Basque nationalism.
Annan will be joined by Gerry Adams, president of the Sinn Fein party at the conference in San Sebastian, in the Basque Country. Adams played a key role in negotiating the end of decades of violence in Northern Ireland.
They and other international figures will join local politicians to discuss the best way to normalise Basque politics after years of violence by the militant separatist group ETA.
The group is held responsible for 829 deaths in its battle to carve out an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.
But it has been weakened by a series of security blows and by a lack of popular support for more bombings and shootings.
In January it declared a unilateral ceasefire in January after more than four decades of violence.
Monday's conference comes just weeks ahead of legislative elections in Spain on November 20.
© 2011 AFP