THE EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 21 October 2011
ETA declaration – Statement of EU Counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove
I welcome the announcement by ETA that it is putting a definitive end to its armed activity. I am sorry that it has taken so long to arrive at this point, and deeply regret that terrorism in Spain has taken so many victims. I would like to pay tribute to the resilience of the Spanish society over all those years.
I would also like to congratulate the judiciary and the law enforcement forces of Spain and of France whose successful cooperation has been such an important element in limiting ETA’s ability to pursue its campaign of violence.
The EU remains firm in its conviction that terrorism is unacceptable in all its forms and manifestations and should be combated through the rule of law.