Basque Country International Contact Group Summit
Arnaldo Otegi, Leader of the political party EH Bildu, shakes hands with Brian Currin, member of the International Contact Group as he arrives at the international event to advance the resolution of the conflict in the Basque Country organized by the International Contact Group on May 4, 2018 in Cambo-les-Bains, France. The summit aims to certify the definitive end of the terrorist group ETA as an organization after a final declaration was read yesterday by former leader Jose Antonio Urritikoetxea 'Josu Ternera'. Formed in 1959 at the height of the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco, the Basque terrorist group was blamed for killing more than 800 people during its violence campaign for the independence of the Basque Country. ETA announced a permanent ceasefire in 2011.