Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Eta asks forgiveness for pain and harm of separatist campaign

Eta asks forgiveness for pain and harm of separatist campaign

The Spanish government and victims have rejected an "apology" from Basque terror group ETA for its terrorist campaign for independence from Spain and France.

The group announced this week that it will be officially dissolved by the beginning of May.

The group asked for "forgiveness" for killing people without "a direct participation in the conflict". We want to show our respect to the dead, to the wounded and to the victims of the actions of ETA. We have also caused damage that can't be undone. "We really are sorry". It is also to vow never to return to violence.

"No one can change the past, but one of the most damaging things we could do now would be to try to distort or hide certain episodes". ETA recognizes its direct responsibility for this pain....

The group, which is due to conclude its definitive dissolution within the next few weeks, said the future would have to bring further reconciliation within the Basque country. "It is a needed exercise to acknowledge the truth in a constructive way, heel wounds and build up guarantees so that this suffering does not happen again", it also said.

It added that Friday's announcement was "nothing more than another outcome of the fortitude of the rule of law that has defeated ETA with the arms of democracy".

The Basque separatist group ETA has apologized to its victims and the people it has hurt since it began waging a violent insurgency against Spain and France in the early 1960s.

Between 1968 and 2010, it murdered 829 people in bombing and shootings, nearly half of them civilians.

But the atrocities it committed against civilians eventually turned the tide.

At least 829 people were killed before the group announced a permanent ceasefire in 2011.

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