The Basque separatist group ETA has declared a permanent ceasefire after more than three decades of fighting for a homeland independent of Spain. The group announced the truce in a statement published on the website of the Basque-language newspaper Gara on Monday. "ETA has decided to declare a permanent and general ceasefire which will be verifiable by the international community," the group said. "This is ETA's firm commitment towards a process to achieve a lasting resolution and towards an end to the armed confrontation. "It is time to act with historic responsibility. ETA calls upon those governing Spain and France to end all repressive measures and to leave aside for once and for all their position of denial towards the Basque Country," it said. The group made no mention of disarming or dissolving the organisation, which are key demands of the Spanish government. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, Spain's deputy prime minister, rejected the ceasefire, saying it did not go far enough. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Gustavo de Aristegui, the foreign affairs spokesman for Spain's opposition People's Party,
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