On 17 October we joined a number of international organisations in co-sponsoring a peace conference in San Sebastian. Local organisation Lokarri led the event, which focused on supporting the search for a permanent end to the conflict in the Basque Country. A panel, made up of international participants including Kofi Annan, issued a declaration that called on ETA to formally end the armed confrontation and for all parties to take steps towards a dialogue on political issues. This has since been endorsed by an important grouping of Basque leftwing nationalists, and by President Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair and Senator George Mitchell.
Peace is back on the political agenda in The Basque Country. Conciliation Resources' Adviser on Peace Processes, Kristian Herbolzheimer, was recently invited to speak at a three-day seminar on Peace, Conflicts and Co-existence at the University of Navarra, in Pamplona.