Basque group ETA ends armed independence campaign
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||20 October 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Basque group ETA ends armed independence campaign, 20 October 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4eaaa82323.html [accessed 31 August 2014]|
October 20, 2011
A screen grab shows ETA members declaring a ceasefire in the Basque town of Guernica late last year.
The Basque separatist organization ETA has issued a statement saying it is ending its 43-year armed campaign for independence and called on Spain and France to open talks.
The group made the announcement in a statement on October 20 to the Basque daily "Gara," which it regularly uses as a mouthpiece.
ETA declared a permanent cease-fire in January, but up to now had not renounced armed struggle as a tool for achieving an independent Basque state, a key demand of the Spanish government.
ETA has killed 829 people in bombings and shootings since the late 1960s.
It is classified as a terrorist organization by Spain, the European Union and the United States.
compiled from agency reports