Basque Separatists Call a Cease-Fire
Posted on Sep 5, 2010
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
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.
Flickr / kontrainformatu
In the video obtained by the BBC, three hooded ETA fighters sit at a desk as one reads the group’s declaration.