The Basque armed organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (Basque Country And Freedom), commonly known by its acronym ETA, currently in the process of unilaterally giving up armed struggle, has issued a communication addressed to the French Government asking for direct conversations about the conflict and its consequences.
Notably ETA claims that the French authorities have been treating the conflict as a Spanish internal matter, forgetting the many Basque prisoners in French jails, almost systematically far away from home and its own role in the so-called dirty war (institutionally-sponsored terrorist attacks against Basque activists or random civilians).
ETA also states that French authorities, like the Spanish ones, deny the national reality of the Basque Country and the right of Basque People to decide their future.
The communication comes days after the French President N. Sarkozy admitted in a convoluted electoral tour through the Northern Basque Country that Basque prisoners with French official nationality may be moved to the Basque Country or nearby areas. Currently most are in the many Parisian prisons, 700 km away from home.