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ETA offers permanent ceasefire

Basque separatist group ETA has said it is willing to declare a permanent and verifiable ceasefire in a bid to settle the troubled region's long-running conflict with the Spanish government.

Two unnamed and masked ETA members said in an interview published in Basque newspaper Gara that the violent, armed group is prepared to abide by the conditions set out in March in a document called the Brussels Declaration by a group including four Nobel peace laureates.

The interview quoted the ETA members as saying that: "ETA is willing to take that step, and also to go further, if the conditions for such moves are created."

Three weeks ago ETA announced its 11th ceasefire in its 40-year violent campaign for an independent homeland.

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