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Adams welcomes positive development in Basque peace process

23 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin party President, Gerry Adams TD, has welcomed the positive statement from the International Verification Commission (IVC), that ETA is continuing the process of putting its “arms, ammunition and explosives” beyond operational use.

The IVC were established in September 2011 to verify the “permanent, general and verifiable ceasefire” declared by Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA).

Mr Adams said:

“The International Verification Commission statement is testament to the ongoing commitment by ETA to a demilitarisation of the Basque conflict.

“This positive development is further evidence of the resolve of ETA to advance the peace process and must be acknowledged and welcomed by all those determined to create the conditions for achieving a just resolution to the conflict.

“I would urge the Spanish government to build on this and to promote and support a process of dialogue to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Basque country.

“The immediate release of General Secretary of SORTU, Arnaldo Otegi, would be an important first step in this process. He has been a key player in the building of the peace process.

“Basque prisoners who have been dispersed far from their homes should be transferred closer to their families and seriously ill prisoners released.

“These and other related measures would facilitate progress in the Basque Peace process.” 

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