Thursday 20 September 2018

Terror group Eta disbands after 60 years

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photo: INM
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photo: INM

Terror group ETA has completely disbanded, ending a 60-year guerrilla campaign in the Basque Country.

The news has been described as historic by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who has been involved in the negotiations since 2009. ETA spent more than five decades fighting for an independent state in northern Spain and southern France. Officials believe the group killed 853 people.

Mr Ahern, who is in Kambo Cambo les Bains in the Basque Country today, told the Irish Independent the move towards peace was largely modelled on Northern Ireland.

"We have been very much following the same steps as Ireland. There was a ceasefire, decommissioning, an apology and today is the disbandment," he said.

Irish Independent

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