ETA launches internal debate after disarm move

2017-04-17 10:10


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Madrid - The Basque separatist group ETA said on Sunday it would consult its members on "future decisions" following its unilateral disarmament, a Basque newspaper reported.

In a statement issued on Basque "homeland day," ETA said it had entered a phase in which it would take "decisions from among all its members for moving forward," the daily Gara reported.

"ETA will examine the path that has been travelled and will take future decisions with responsibility," the statement said.

ETA said on April 8 that it had completely and unilaterally disarmed.

It provided the French authorities with the locations of around three and a half tons of guns, explosives and other weapons.

In 2011, amid a string of arrests of top ETA operatives and public outrage over bloodshed, ETA announced it was abandoning its armed campaign.

Internal consultation

ETA was founded in 1959 as a group to promote the Basque culture. The Basque region is a linguistically unique area divided by the French-Spanish border.

But during the 1960s, ETA mutated into an organisation that took to shootings, bombings and kidnappings in pursuit of an independent state.

It has been blamed for the deaths of 829 people. Thousands more have been injured.

Sunday's statement gave no indications about the parameters of the internal consultation.

ETA had recently been seeking to negotiate its dissolution in exchange for amnesties or improved prison conditions for roughly 350 of its members held in Spain and France and for current members living under cover.

But Spain and France have taken a hard line, saying the group must unilaterally dissolve.

Read more on:    spain

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.