Photo: Spain: PM Rajoy Says Terrorist Group ETA Must Announce Dissolution
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded the “definitive dissolution” of the Basque terrorist group ETA, which warned Tuesday that the expulsion of its negotiators from Norway will bring “negative consequences.”
“I like to think positively, I don’t want to talk about negative consequences, and the positive ones will be for everyone once ETA announces its final disappearance as a terrorist organization,” Rajoy said in Paris at a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande.
The dissolution of ETA “can only be good for everyone,” the Spanish premier said.
Rajoy’s brief statement came after ETA said the expulsion of its negotiators from Norway would bring “negative consequences” and will impede the “resolution of the conflict.”
In a communique published by Naiz.info, the online news site aligned with the leftist Basque independence movement, ETA entered into detail about its expulsion from Norway.
Oslo ordered ETA’s Josu Ternera, David Pla and Iratxe Sorzabal to leave, alleging the lack of “gestures” indicating their will to go forward with the process begun in October 2011 with the announcement of a definitive end to the violence.
The communique became known the same afternoon that a French court in Paris sentenced former ETA military chief Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias “Txeroki,” to eight years in jail.
His girlfriend, Leire Lopez Zurutuza, with whom he was arrested on Nov. 17, 2008, received a five-year sentence.
ETA has killed nearly 900 people since taking up arms in 1968 to seek a Basque nation comprising parts of northern Spain and southern France.