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ETA in peace pledge.

BASQUE terrorist group ETA yesterday pledged to put down their guns for good.

The separatists declared a ceasefire, after 40 years of violence, in a video statement.

But Spanish government officials last night rejected ETA's promise, saying it contained nothing new.

ETA's statement was read out by three militants wearing white hoods. They vowed to fight for independence "through the democratic process with dialogue and negotiation as its tools".

But Spain's interior minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said ETA remained "as arrogant as ever".

He said: "We can see we are dealing with an ETA that has the same aims as always."

ETA were formed in 1959 and have killed more than 850 people since they launched their fight for independence in northern Spain and south-west France.

In 2006, Spain's prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero welcomed a ceasefire declaration by ETA.

But seven months later, the group detonated a bomb in Madrid's Barajas airport, killing two men.

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