Violence in the Basque country (Spain and France) has claimed hundreds of lives from 1960 to 2010.
On 17 October 2011, an international peace conference was held in Donostia-San Sebastián, aimed at promoting a resolution to the Basque conflict.The conference resulted in a five-point statement that included a plea for ETA to renounce any armed activities and to demand instead negotiations with the Spanish and French authorities to end the conflict. It was seen as a possible prelude to the end of ETA's violent campaign for an independent Basque homeland.
Three days later – on 20 October – ETA announced "definitive cessation of its armed activity". They said they were ending their 43-year armed campaign for independence and called on Spain and France to open talks. In March 2017 ETA declared that it would disarm completely by 8 April. On that date, civilian 'go-betweens' (Artisans of Peace) handed a list of 8 coordinates to the authorities which showed the locations of weapons caches in southwestern France used by the group.
On 8 April, the civil society turned out to the streets in support of ETA’s decision to hand over arms and celebrate peace, with twenty thousands people attending a mass rally in central Bayonne, France. To support the peace process, a rally was organized between 7 to 9 December 2017 in Paris. More than 10,000 people joined.
To commemorate the surrender of arms, a 3-day conference is held in Bayonne and Biarritz, France, on 6, 7 and 8 April 2018. Programme :http://www.bakebidea.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/programme-FR1.pdf