MADRID Basque militant separatist group ETA, which waged a bloody campaign for independence from Spain for above half a century, mentioned early on Friday it experienced supplied up all its arms and explosives.
The BBC cited what it mentioned was a letter from ETA declaring it experienced handed all its weapons to civilian go-betweens and was now a disarmed group.
The shift stops quick of a entire disbanding of the group that has killed a lot more than 850 individuals in its quest for an independent point out in the mountainous Basque region that incorporates part of northern Spain and south-western France.
The middlemen are thanks to hand above the weapons to authorities on Saturday in the French city of Bayonne in a procedure to start with flagged in March by Basque activists.
The letter, revealed in entire on the BBC site, gave no particulars on how the handover would be carried out. It is not crystal clear if the procedure will be formally approved by the Spanish and French governments.
Spain’s ruling Well known Social gathering, which refuses to negotiate with ETA, mentioned the planned handover was a surrender.
“On April 8, ETA will take its defeat soon after just about six a long time in which it mentioned it would make concessions which under no circumstances materialized,” the PP’s agent in the Basque parliament, Alfonso Alonso, instructed countrywide radio late on Thursday.
No government agent was straight away accessible for comment on Friday.
ETA declared a ceasefire in 2011, but did not disarm. The group, shaped in 1959 through the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, has been severely weakened in the latest a long time soon after authorities arrested hundreds of its members and seized many of its weapons stashes.
(Supplemental reporting by Rodrigo de Miguel Enhancing by Angus Berwick and Ralph Boulton)