ETA is prepared to make a ceasefire its has called “permanent and verifiable”, the website of a Basque newspaper is reporting.
The truce offer earlier this month was dismissed by the Spanish government. And there is no sign this latest declaration will make any difference. For Madrid, announcements are not enough. It insists the Basque separatists renounce violence definitively and lay down their arms for good.
It is also mindful that ETA has broken ceasefires in the past, most recently in 2006 with a deadly bomb attack at Madrid airport.
Having urged international mediation, the group is ready to take further steps towards a negotiated end to the conflict, according to today’s reports.
More than 800 people have been killed in ETA’s violent campaign for an independent Basque homeland.