Basque separatists ETA say disarmament in the cards

November 10, 2011 23:40

The Basque separatist group ETA took a further step towards ending its armed struggle against the Spanish state on Thursday, saying it was willing to discuss giving up its weapons.

The announcement, made in an interview with Basque newspaper Gara, followed ETA's declaration last month of a ceasefire.Hundreds of arrests and waning support have weakened the guerrilla group, whose fighters have killed more than 800 people in a four-decade campaign to claim an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southeast France.

"Laying down of arms is on the agenda and ETA is willing to accept compromises," the newspaper quoted two ETA spokesmen as saying in the interview, which will be published in full on Friday.

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