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Basque Separatists Call a Cease-Fire

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Posted on Sep 5, 2010
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In the video obtained by the BBC, three hooded ETA fighters sit at a desk as one reads the group’s declaration.

While it may be a move aimed at disguising the organization’s weakness, the armed Basque separatist group ETA has declared a cease-fire with the Spanish government and said it wants to pursue a “democratic solution to the conflict.”

Government officials in Madrid reacted cautiously to the development, however, with one calling it “ambiguous” and “insufficient.” —JCL

The BBC:

Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not “carry out armed actions” in its campaign for independence.

In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago “to put in motion a democratic process”.

The Basque interior minister called the statement “insufficient”. Madrid has previously insisted that Eta renounce violence and disarm before any talks.

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By PatrickHenry, September 6, 2010 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

These guys must be geriatric commandos.

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By last_boy_scout, September 6, 2010 at 12:24 am Link to this comment

“Catalonians succeeded in creating political autonomy
from Spanish government, but, as opposed to the
Basques, they did it legitimately. Today Catalonia is
one of the most independent national autonomies in
Europe” (from here — http://www.eastwest-
review.com/article/european-separatism-catalonia).
However, we hear these separatist calls more and more
frequently these days. Seems like unhealthy economic
conditions have a bad influence on Spanish people.

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By memnune, September 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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hmm good

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