The Basque separatist group ETA announced it will end its decades-long campaign for a Basque homeland part of Spain and France. The ETA announcement was published on the website of Gara, a newspaper that the group has used to convey messages in the past.
ETA, listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, Spain and the United States, is blamed for more than 800 deaths in its long fight for an independent Basque homeland carved out of a section of northern Spain and southwestern France.
The group announced a unilateral “permanent” cease-fire last January, raising hopes in Spain that an end might be near to the decades of ETA car bombings and shootings.
- Basque Group ETA Ends Armed Independence Campaign (abcnews.go.com)
- ETA Urged To Denounce Armed Conflict (lezgetreal.com)
- Annan, Adams urge Basque group ETA to end violence (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Eta says armed campaign is over (bbc.co.uk)