ETA prisoners may accept 'legal channels' for release
December 30, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
MADRID, Spain--Jailed members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA said Saturday they could use “legal channels” to seek their freedom, abandoning their insistence on an amnesty.
ETA, blamed for the deaths of 829 people in a four-decade campaign of shootings and bombings for an independent homeland in northern Spain and southern France, renounced its armed struggle in October 2011.
The latest announcement appears to be a further softening of the organization's position, but it is unlikely to lead to negotiations with the Spanish and French governments, both of which have repeatedly refused to enter any talks and insist instead that ETA simply disarm and disband.