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Gerry Adams hails end of ETA armed campaign

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has welcomed a statement from Basque armed group Eta saying its 43-year armed campaign for independence is over.

The group made the announcement in a statement last night, in which it also called on Spain and France to open talks.

Mr Adams said: "We called upon Eta to make a public declaration of the definitive cessation of all armed action. I believe that their statement today meets that requirement."

The announcement came just three days after international figures, including Mr Adams and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, attended a conference in the Basque city of San Sebastian and called for an end to violence.

Eta declared a permanent ceasefire in January but until now had not renounced armed struggle as a tool for achieving an independent Basque state.

The group has killed 829 people in bombings and shootings since the late 1960s.

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