ETA proposes informal verification of ceasefire

08:18, March 28, 2011      

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Basque separatist group ETA on Sunday published a communique proposing a "not formal" verification of the ceasefire it announced at the start of the year.

ETA, whose fight for the independence of the Basque region in the north of Spain and the southwest of France, called a "permanent, general and verifiable" ceasefire on Jan. 10 this year.

Since then almost 30 ETA members have been arrested by Spanish and French security forces, while last week the Spanish Supreme Court voted against allowing the registration of the political group Sortu, which shares the left wing nationalist ideology of ETA and ETA's political wing "Batasuna", as a political party.

The nationalist left (Izquierda Aberzale) in the Basque region has reacted quickly to that disappointment with a new election strategy, announcing that a collective known as BILDU to stand in May's local and general elections.

In Sunday's communique in the newspaper "Gara" in which it criticized the attitude of the Spanish and French governments for doing nothing in the face of the January ceasefire, called their attitude "irresponsible."

ETA proposes the creation of "an international mechanism of informal verification, through and international commission of verification," to oversee the ceasefire.

Source: Xinhua

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