The Basque terrorist organistation, ETA, which is responsible for over 800 deaths since its beginnings in the late 1960’s, has announced that it has definitely put aside armed conflict; i.e., there will be no more bombings and assassinations.
The Prime Minister, Rodriguez Zapatero, gave special thanks to France, especially, Sarkozy, for its crucial help in combating this separatist terrorism.
He also announced that it would be up to the new government; the one that comes out of the electoral urns on the 20th of November, who will have to continue with the process that will culminate in the definitive disbanding of ETA.
ETA has not carried out any killings in the last two years, which is the longest lull since the conflict began.
This communique from ETA, delivered by three masked men sitting at a desk, was much expected after the international conference in San Sebastian this past weekend, where such leading figures as the ex-Chairman of the UN, Kofi Annan, and the Leader of the Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams called for ETA to lay down its arms and negotiate with the governments of Spain and the autonomous region of Pais Vasco.