The latest ceasefire from the Basque terrorist group ETA has been dismissed as ‘disappointing’ by Spain’s prime minister. In his first comments on the truce, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said ETA must go further, lay down its weapons and renounce violence.
“All our democratic parties have the same view of ETA’s statement, one of deep disappointment,” he said. “Because statements are worth nothing, only decisions matter; only one decision matters and that can be summed up in a few words: give up arms for ever.”
ETA made its ceasefire statement on Sunday, but gave no details on how long the truce would last, nor if the group would disarm. More than 850 people have died in the group’s violent struggle for an independent Basque homeland. But public support for its aims has been waning as the Basque region enjoys increasing local autonomy.