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Victims' families criticise ETA terrorism apology as “late and incomplete”

  • Although the statement was self-critical of the group's actions, it did not say that its activity had been unfair and explained it in the context of a historic struggle

The families of those killed during the decades-long Basque-separatist terrorist campaign waged by ETA have hit out at the latest statement from the group.

Although ETA formally announced that it was ending its violence in 2011, it had been widely expected that the group was on the verge of announcing that it was fully disbanding at last. However when a communiqué came last Friday it was headed merely, 'ETA to the Basque people: declaration concerning the damaged caused' and stopped short of announcing its own demise.

Although the statement was self-critical of the group's actions, it did not say that its activity had been unfair and explained it in the context of a historic struggle. The apology was partial, saying sorry only to those victims “that hadn't taken part directly in the conflict”, a comment which drew the wrath of victims' groups, who said the statement “came late and was incomplete”.