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Basque group ETA declares 'permanent ceasefire'

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Basque group ETA declares 'permanent ceasefire'

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Armed Basque separatist group ETA on Monday called a permanent ceasefire to its fight for independence from Spain.

ETA contacted a Basque newspaper, Gara, to announce the end of its four-decade campaign of violence.

ETA has decided to declare a permanent and general ceasefire which will be verifiable by the international community,” the group said in a statement.

The Spanish government did not immediately comment on the announcement.

ETA’s armed struggle for an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France has cost more than 800 lives since it began in 1968 under Spain’s military dictatorship.

Spain, the US and the EU labels ETA as a terrorist organisation.