10 Jan 2011

Eta declares permanent ceasefire

The armed Basque separatist group Eta has declared that a ceasefire it called four months ago is now permanent and offered to make it verifiable by observers.


In a statement released to the Basque newspaper Gara the group said: "Eta has decided to declare a permanent and general ceasefire which will be verifiable by the international community.

"This is Eta's firm commitment towards a process to achieve a lasting resolution and towards an end to the armed confrontation." The armed group said the solution to Basque conflict "will come through the democratic process with dialogue and negotiation as its tools".

Rumours that Eta, classified as a terrorist group by the European Union, would take a step like this had been circulating for weeks. More than 800 people have died in Eta violence since the group was founded in 1968, but it declared a halt to "offensive armed actions" in September.

The Guardian