Spain's Basque separatists ETA declare ceasefire: BBC

5th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Basque separatist group ETA has declared a ceasefire, the BBC reported Sunday, citing a video statement which it has obtained.

ETA says it has taken a decision "not to carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence in a decision taken several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process," the BBC reported.

"ETA confirms its commitment to finding a democratic solution to the conflict," the statement said, according to extracts released by the BBC.

"In its commitment to a democratic process to decide freely and democratically our future, through dialogue and negotiations, ETA is prepared today as yesterday to agree to the minimum democratic conditions necessary to put in motion a democratic process, if the Spanish government is willing."

The news came after ETA was urged Friday to declare a truce by its political wing Batasuna plus its ally, the Eusko Alkartasuna party.

Spanish media reported that Batasuna and Eusko Alkartasuna had called on ETA to agree to a "permanent ceasefire under international verification" in a document outlining a "roadmap" for a peace process.

© 2010 AFP

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