Basque group Eta apologises for role in Spain conflict

Basque group Eta apologises for role in Spain conflict”

The Basque separatist group ETA apologised Friday for the "pain" and "harm" it caused during its decades-long campaign of violence, and appealed to its victims for forgiveness.


"As a result of errors or wrong decisions, ETA has caused victims who did not have a direct participation in the conflict", the ETA said in a statement published by Basque newspaper Gara on Friday. "We truly apologise", it added, admitting its "direct responsibility" in the "disproportionate suffering" in the Basque country.

The statement comes as ETA, an acronym for the phrase "Basque Homeland and Liberty", is expected to announce its final dissolution early next month.

The band gave up its savage effort in 2011 and disarmed it self.

After almost half a century of auto bomb attacks, shootings and kidnappings, the group gave up its violent campaign in 2011.

The official Basque regional broadcaster ETB, which has in the past had access to the organization's plans, reported this week that ETA's dissolution would be announced in the first weekend of May.

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Spain's government said Eta was defeated politically and operationally and did not achieve any of its goals.

Both France and Spain, where the group committed most of its deadly actions, had been demanding an apology and that the group take a further step and disband.

"ETA should have asked for forgiveness a long time ago", it said in a statement.

"This is nothing less than a effect of the strength of the state of law that has conquered ETA with the arms of democracy", it said in a statement.

Eta killed some 800 people and wounded thousands more in 40 years of conflict.

"We wish to express our respect to all the victims of ETA's actions, in that they were harmed as a effect of the conflict, whether they were killed, injured or harmed in any other way".

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