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Basque rebels to end cease-fire

June 05, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Basque rebels ETA, who want independence from Spain, will end their cease-fire Wednesday, the separatists said in a communique released in the Basque newspaper Berria.

"The minimum conditions for continuing a process of negotiations do not exist," ETA said, adding that the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero responded to its cease-fire "with arrests, torture and persecution."

ETA declared a cease-fire in March 2006 and had insisted that it still held despite killing two people with a bomb in the Madrid airport in December.

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