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ETA leaves arms 'in the hands of the Basque people'

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The Basque armed group ETA has given location for 8 of its arms deposits on Saturday. A gesture, the organization said "so that Basques can continue taking steps to achieve peace and freedom for our country".

ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, meaning 'Basque Country and Freedom') spent decades fighting for an independent Basque country against the violent oppression of successive Spanish governments.

The arms caches contained 120 firearms, some 2600 chilos of explosive and 25.700 piece of ammunition and detonators.

The following is the text of the letter by ETA:

ETA, Basque Socialist Revolutionary Organization for National Liberation informs the International community that after giving up all its weaponry (arms and explosives) to Basque civil society representatives, ETA is now is a disarmed organisation.

This has been a hard and difficult task due to all the obstacles put by the Spanish an French States along the path, who still persist in a winners and losers scheme, stubborn with a political solution.

Fortunately, civil society took a step forward, and taking political and technical ownership of the disarmament process, have made a decisive contribution to unblock a situation that is very close to entrench on itself. We want also to highlight the support given by Basque institutions.

The process is not completed. "Disarmament day" is tomorrow and we want to warn that the process can still be attacked by the enemies of peace. The only real guarantee to succeed are the thousands of people gathering tomorrow in Bayonne supporting the disarmament.

We took up arms for the Basque people and now we live them in their hands so that Basques can continue taking steps to achieve peace and freedom for our country; in order to advance on the agenda of solutions we need to commit ourselves.

GORA EUSKAL HERRIA ASKATUTA! GORA EUSKAL HERRIA SOZIALISTA! JO TA KE INDEPENDENTZIA ETA SOZIALISMOA LORTU ARTE!

[Freedom for the Basque Country! Socialism for the Basque Country! Onward until independence and socialism!]

Basque Country, 7th of April 2017

Euskadi Ta Askatasuna E.T.A.

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