Spain says ETA ceasefire not enough

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Spain's interior minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, said Monday an ETA ceasefire declaration failed to meet expectations but was not bad news.

"If you ask me if I am calmer today, honestly I would say 'yes'. If you ask me if it is the end, I would say 'no'. If you ask me if this statement is what Spanish society was hoping for, I would say 'absolutely no'," he told a news conference.

"To put it another way: Is this bad news? No it is not." But he also said the ETA statement was not the news that many Spaniards had been hoping for of a resolution to the conflict.

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