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Adams welcomes ETA move on weapons

8 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the news that ETA has now completed the process of putting its weapons beyond use.

Gerry Adams said:

“The decision by ETA to complete the process of putting its weapons beyond use is historic. It creates a unique opportunity which the Spanish and French governments, and the political parties in the region, must urgently grasp.

I want to congratulate all of those involved in this initiative. It is clear evidence of the desire of the pro-independence parties in the Basque country to continue to build the peace process.

The Basque people have repeatedly demonstrated in elections and on the streets their support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in that region. The initiative by ETA is an opportunity that must not be squandered.

I would appeal to the Spanish and French governments to demonstrate generosity in their response to this development and for the Spanish government to address the issue of political prisoners.

As a first step both should engage in dialogue with the representatives of all of the Basque people. Addressing the treatment of Basque political prisoners – including ending the policy of dispersal of Basque prisoners and moving those who are a significant distance from their families closer to their homes - previous to an early release process – would also be an important confidence building measure.”

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