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WHILE the success of Spain's opposition conservatives, the Partido Popular, is unprecedented in its scale, the more surprising result was the electoral success in local and provincial elections of Bildu, the new Basque pro-independence coalition.
The militant Basque separatist group Eta has said it is prepared to allow observers to verify that a ceasefire it has declared is real.
A SPANISH judge has indicted three Basque separatists, including a Venezuelan resident, on terrorism charges for suspected roles in organising collaboration between armed Basque separatist group Eta and Colombia's Farc rebels.
Spain's interior ministry yesterday said French police had arrested one of the most wanted members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA.
Basque separatists launched a new political party yesterday, explicitly rejecting terrorism by the armed group ETA and opening the door to a new settlement in the Spanish region.
A cautious mood prevails in the Basque country, where any optimism drawn from new steps by Eta's outlawed political wing, Batasuna, towards peace are weighed against the threat of the organisation's military leadership.
Police in Spain and France arrested two suspected members of Eta yesterday, suggesting the government in Madrid will keep up pressure on the violent Basque separatist group despite the latter's declaration of a permanent ceasefire.
WHATEVER the response from Madrid, South African lawyer Brian Currin - brought in by Batasuna as a broker to facilitate the peace process - is optimistic about this announcement.
Basque separatist group ETA declared a permanent ceasefire yesterday in what it called a firm step toward ending its bloody decades-long fight for independence - but Spain's government dismissed the announcement and demanded that ETA disband outright.
THE Basque terrorist group ETA today declared a permanent ceasefire, calling it a step toward ending its fight for independence.
Armed militants suspected of links to Basque separatist group Eta have stolen thousands of cards with built-in microchips and seven printers in France, which can be used to make false documents.
Spanish prosecutors say two suspected members of ETA were trained in Venezuela, court documents claim.
Spanish police yesterday arrested three suspected members of ETA, including one of the Basque terror group's most wanted men.
Basque separatist group Eta has set conditions for an end to its violent campaign for independence from Spain, warning that it reserves the right to defend itself during a so-called "ceasefire".
The armed Basque separatist group ETA has announced it is willing to accept international mediation to help solve its long-running conflict with Spain's government.
Spain cannot trust this weekend's truce announcement by armed Basque separatist group Eta and will continue to pursue its members, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said yesterday, in the Spansih government's first offiical response to the move.
The Basque separatist militant group Eta declared a ceasefire in a video statement issued yesterday, suggesting it might turn to a political process in its quest for an independent homeland.
THREE members of the Basque separatist group Eta were yesterday convicted of the 2006 bombing that destroyed a parking garage at Madrid airport and killed two people, an attack that shattered a ceasefire.