Eta declares permanent ceasefire

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Basque pro-independence supporters earlier this week marched to call for the return of Eta prisoners (AP)

The Basque terrorist group Eta has declared a permanent ceasefire, calling it a step towards ending its fight for independence.

But a statement in the pro-independence newspaper Gara did not mention Eta giving up its weapons – a key Spanish government demand.

Eta declared a ceasefire in September but gave no details about how long it would last.

The new statement specifies it is a “permanent and general ceasefire which will be verifiable by the international community”.

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