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We’ll consider John Hume proposal to mediate: ETA

The armed Basque separatist group ETA has said it is prepared to consider proposals put forward by 19 people, including former SDLP leader John Hume.

The group also said it was willing to accept international mediation to help resolve its long-running conflict with the Spanish government.

Two weeks after it announced a ceasefire, the group said that it is ready to “jointly explore” with overseas mediators the steps required for a democratic process.

Since launching its violent campaign for an independent Basque homeland in the late 1960s, ETA has killed more than 825 people.

The Spanish government has repeatedly said progress can only be made when ETA renounces violence for good.

ETA said it will consider proposals put forward in March by 19 people in a document called the Brussels Declaration.

The document called on ETA to announce an internationally verifiable ceasefire. Among its signatories were archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Irish president Mary Robinson and former Foyle MP John Hume.

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