Full text: Basque ceasefire declaration

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This is the full text of the declaration of a definitive end to armed activity by the Basque separatist group Eta, as released to BBC News on 20 October:

Declaration of Eta

Eta, socialist revolutionary Basque organisation of national liberation, desires through this declaration to announce its decision:

Eta considers that the international conference held recently in the Euskal Herria [Basque Country] is an initiative of great political transcendence. The agreed resolution brings together the ingredients for an integrated solution to the conflict and has the support of large sectors of Basque society and of the international community.

In Euskal Herria, a new political age is opening. We face a historic opportunity to obtain a just and democratic solution to the age-old political conflict.

Faced with violence and repression, dialogue and agreement must characterise the new age. The recognition of Euskal Herria and respect for popular will must prevail over any imposition. This is the will of the majority of Basque citizens.

The struggle of many years has created this opportunity. It has not been an easy road. The rawness of the struggle has claimed many companions forever. Others are suffering jail or exile. To these our recognition and heartfelt homage. From here on, the road will not be easy either. Facing the imposition which still remains, every step, every achievement, will be fruit of the effort and struggle of Basque citizens. Throughout the years Euskal Herria has accumulated the experience and strength necessary to tackle this road and it also has the determination to do it.

It is time to look to the future with hope, it is also time to act with responsibility and valour.

Because of all this, Eta has decided on the definitive cessation of its armed activity. Eta makes a call to the governments of Spain and France to open a process of direct dialogue which has as its aim the resolution of the consequences of the conflict and thus the conclusion of the armed conflict. With this historic declaration, Eta demonstrates its clear, firm and definitive purpose.

Eta finally calls on Basque society to get involved in this process until peace and liberty are achieved.

Long live the free Euskal Herria, Long live Basque socialism, no rest until independence and socialism.

In Euskal Herria, 20 October 2011

Euskadi Ta Askatasuna

Eta

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