Spain's Basque Separatists Declare Cease-Fire
The video, posted Sunday on the website of the Basque newspaper Gara, shows three masked militants making a statement in the Basque language saying they were ending armed operations.
One of the rebels said ETA decided several months ago to lay down its arms to achieve its goals through a democratic process. It was not clear if the ceasefire is permanent or temporary.
ETA last announced a "permanent cease-fire" in March 2006. But nine months later the group claimed responsibility for a powerful car bomb at Madrid's Barajas airport that killed two people.
ETA linked that bombing to frustration over lack of progress in peace talks with the Madrid government.
ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths during a four-decade campaign for an independent Basque state in northeastern Spain and southwestern France. The European Union and the United States consider ETA a terrorist organization.