- Aug 27, 2009
BBC News - Spain's Eta 'declares ceasefire'Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not "carry out armed actions" in its campaign for independence.
The group said it took the decision several months ago "to put in motion a democratic process".
The Spanish government has previously said it will only negotiate with Eta if it renounces violence and disarms.
Eta's violent campaign for Basque independence has led to more than 820 deaths over the past 40 years
Fantastic news for Spain and the people of Bilbao. Hopefully this signals an end to the violence that's plagued the region for the last few decades.
"Eta confirms its commitment to finding a democratic solution to the conflict we call on all Basque citizens to continue in the struggle, each in their own field, with whatever degree of commitment they have, so that we can all cast down the wall of denial and make irreversible moves forward on the road to freedom.