ETA 'maintains its commitment' to peace after arrests in France

French police arrest ETA leader David Pla (front R) outside the holiday cottage of Orerreka, between Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry and Banca, southwestern France on September 22, 2015Armed Basque separatist group ETA said it “maintains its commitment” to peace, according to a statement published Wednesday after the arrest of two of its political leaders in France last week. David Pla, 40, and Iratxe Sorzabal, a 43-year-old woman, were seized in the Pyrenees village of Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry in southwest France, one of ETA’s strongholds, in a joint operation between France and Spanish police on September 22. “Police operations in recent months have aimed to undermine the resolution process” of the conflict, ETA said in a statement dated September 27 published by Basque newspaper Naiz, a traditional mouthpiece for the group.

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