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Spain: Basque group should honour ceasefire

UN Secretary-General calls on Basque group to honour permanent ceasefire in Spain

Welcoming a decision by the Basque organization ETA to declare a permanent ceasefire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Thursday for the honouring of this commitment so as to put an end to years of bloody violence in Spain.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the permanent ceasefire declared yesterday by ETA. He urges that this commitment be honoured, thus ending the violence which has caused so much suffering over so many years,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

ETA is the Basque acronym meaning “Basque Homeland and Liberty.”

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