ETA apologises to its victims

A man holds a picture of Spanish late prisoner Xabier Rey who was found dead on 06 March after allegedly committing suicide at the Puerto III penitentiary center in Cadiz, during a protest in his honor in Pamplona, Navarra, northern Spain, 07 March 2018. Rey was sentenced to 26 years on 2008 for being involved in Basque terrorist group ETA. EPA-EFE/JDIGES

The group is expected to disband in May 2018


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The terrorist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) apologized to its victims for the harm caused over half a century of violent struggle for an independent Basque country between Spain and France.

“We want to show respect for the dead, those injured and the victims that were caused by the actions of ETA,” the group said in a statement published by the Basque daily Gara on Friday.

More details are expected on Monday in a press conference of the International Contact Group, presided by the South African lawyer Brian Currin.

The group was founded in 1959 during the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco and has used urban warfare tactics in a campaign with 850 victims. Victim’s relatives welcomed the news but noted that ETA apologized only to the victims that “did not participate directly in the conflict,” El Pais reports.

EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the news shows that in the European Union “there is no room for guns and weapons, only for peace and the rule of law.”

The group is expected to disband in May, the Basque Broadcaster ETB reported on Wednesday. A year ago in April 2017, ETA surrender of its arms and explosives. The group called for a ceasefire in 2011. Basque parties now expect from the radical left a self-critical reflection and the transfer of ETA convicts to prisons closer to the Basque Country.

On Thursday, the Spanish government proclaimed a political and operation victory against ETA.

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