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ETA promises to maintain cease-fire

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The violent Basque separatist group ETA says the ceasefire it called two months ago shows the organisation has the will to “compromise and reach a negotiated solution” to its fight with the Spanish government.

A long interview with the ETA leadership was published in GARA, a newspaper published in the Basque country. ETA demanded an end to what it called “repressive bahaviour” by the French and Spanish authorities. Meanwhile an association of relatives of the victims of ETA violence made it clear it had reservations about the peace process. The chairman of the body, Francisco Jose Alcaraz, said it was their duty to defend the memory of the dead. More than 800 people including many police officers, have been killed in ETA’s violent campaigns over the past 30 years. The EU and the US brand ETA a terrorist organisation.