NI peace politicians at Eta conference (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Politicians involved in the Northern Ireland peace process are to take part in an international conference on Basque separatism in Spain later.
Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair’s former chief of staff, Jonathan Powell will be present.
Former UN chief Kofi Annan is among senior statesmen who will attend.
The conference in San Sebastian is being seen as a possible prelude to the dissolution of Eta.
The armed Basque separatist group called a ceasefire in January after more than four decades of violence.
But Spanish politicians rejected the move, saying Eta remained a potential threat and must disband for good.
Eta has fought for an independent Basque homeland since the 1960s.
The group – listed as a terrorist group by the EU and America – has killed some 800 people.
Rumours of a potentially definitive statement have been swirling for several weeks.
The Basque conflict has claimed more than 1,000 lives in its 43-year history.


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