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Statement by Minister Flanagan re act of arms decommissioning by ETA

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has welcomed today’s act of arms decommissioning by ETA.

"Today’s act of decommissioning by ETA marks a significant and welcome step in the disbanding of a terrorist organisation which inflicted great suffering on people in fellow EU member states and has no place in the European Union. Democracy and dialogue are the only legitimate means of resolving political differences.

While I welcome today’s positive development, we must never forget the victims of terrorism; those who have died and those whose pain will continue beyond today’s announcement."