Basque Rebels Declare an Indefinite Truce
The armed Basque separatist group E.T.A., which has fought a 30-year guerrilla war for an independent homeland in northern Spain, declared today a ''total and indefinite'' cease-fire.
E.T.A. announced an end to its attacks in a four-page statement published in the radical Basque daily Euskadi Informacion, the state-run news agency EFE reported. The group set no conditions on the cease-fire, which it said will begin on Friday.
The report comes days after Basque nationalists urged the militant group to renounce bloodshed to help foster a political solution to the conflict, which has cost 800 lives.
Pressure on E.T.A. to declare a unilateral cease-fire had mounted since Saturday, when Basque nationalists and other political groups -- including the E.T.A.-allied political party Herri Batasuna -- issued an appeal for peace talks and a permanent end to the violence.
Their statement was signed by 23 political parties, labor unions and grassroots groups. The forum was boycotted by Spain's two most powerful parties, the governing Popular Party and the opposition Socialists.
The Spanish Government will deliver its response on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.
E.T.A. declared a truce in 1996, which lasted one week. That cease-fire ended with a series of bomb attacks on tourist resorts when the Government refused to negotiate unless E.T.A. formally repudiated violence.
Una información de Associated Press publicada por THE NEW YORK TIMES el 17 de septiembre de 1998. Por su interés informativo reproducimos íntegramente su contenido.