ETA calls for international mediators: report

The Basque group ETA, which declared a truce this month, has called for international mediation to end one of Europe's longest guerrilla conflicts, the Spanish daily Gara said.

ETA calls for international mediators: report

The Basque group ETA, which declared a truce this month, has called for international mediation to end one of Europe's longest guerrilla conflicts, the Spanish daily Gara said on Sunday, citing a press release.

ETA, seeking an independent Basque homeland formed from parts of northern Spain and southern France, has been badly hit by recent arrests of key members and by concerted action by Spanish, French and Portuguese police to search out arms caches.

The ETA statement urged the international community "to push for and participate in the organisation of a democratic process to give a permanent, just and democratic solution to a centuries old political conflict."

The group called a truce on September 5 but gave no details of its duration, but Spain's government dismissed the announcement.

"ETA has set sail on the route of opportunity towards a democratic solution to the conflict and has made the first move without dropping anchor. It is ready to sail in deeper waters."

ETA sends its lengthy press releases only to a handful of regional Basque language newspapers, liberally employing metaphor to describe its actions.

Reuters

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