>> They've waged a bloody campaign for independence from Spain for over half a century. Now the Basque militant separatist group ETA say they've laid down their arms. In a letter to the BBC, the group says it's handed over all of its weapons and explosives to civilian go-betweens. They will continue as a disarmed organization.
The middlemen are due to hand over the weapons to authorities on Saturday. More than 850 people were killed in the group's quest for an independent state in the mountainous Basque region that incorporates part of Northern Spain and Southwestern France.>>
> Basque lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the decision by ETA to hand over its weapons.
But on the streets of Bilbao, some residents said full negotiations needed to take place. ETA declared a ceasefire in 2011 but didn't disarm. Spain's ruling Popular party, which refuses to negotiate with the group, is calling the hand over a surrender. ETA, which has hundreds of its members in prison may want to seek concessions in the future.