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Basque separatist group ETA to launch disarmament initiative

  • FILE - In this March 1, 2011 file photo, Spanish Civil Guards leave a building with several bags after they arrested Daniel Pastor, an alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA in Galdakao northern Spain. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

    FILE - In this March 1, 2011 file photo, Spanish Civil Guards leave a building with several bags after they arrested Daniel Pastor, an alleged member of the Basque separatist group ETA in Galdakao northern Spain. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 1, 2011 file photo, a display of munitions, weapons and 200 kilograms of explosives captured from the Basque separatist group ETA by the Civil Guard are displayed in Bilbao, northern Spain. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

    FILE - In this March 1, 2011 file photo, a display of munitions, weapons and 200 kilograms of explosives captured from the Basque separatist group ETA by the Civil Guard are displayed in Bilbao, northern Spain. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this file image made from video provided on Oct. 20, 2011, masked members of the Basque separatist group ETA hold up their fists in unison following a news conference at an unknown location. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Gara via AP,  File)

    FILE - In this file image made from video provided on Oct. 20, 2011, masked members of the Basque separatist group ETA hold up their fists in unison following a news conference at an unknown location. Spanish media are reporting that ETA are set to announce Friday March 17, 2017 its new initiative to lay down weapons aimed at speeding the stalled process of disbanding. (AP Photo/Gara via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Spanish media are reporting that Basque separatist group ETA is set to announce Friday that it is prepared to disarm within weeks.

Citing sources close to the disarmament initiative, Europa Press news agency reported that ETA's declaration is aimed at speeding the stalled process. The agency said disarmament would be complete by April 8.

ETA announced in 2011 it was renouncing violence in its campaign for independence for the Basque regions of northern Spain and southwest France. It has yet to disarm or disband. It is blamed for over 800 deaths from 1968 to 2010.