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The former military leader of Eta expressed regret for the victims the organisation’s violent 40-year campaign for a separate Basque homeland. Miguel de Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, known as Txeroki, said Eta appeared along with nine others in a Paris court accused of the 2007 kidnapping of a Spanish couple and their son in France.
Eta "regrets the damage" caused to victims, Txeroki said and he went on to read a statement appealing to the French government to act now to resolve the Basque conflict.
The Basque country covers part of south-west France and north-east Spain but most of Eta’s campaign, which is blamed for more than 800 deaths, has been conducted in Spain.
A Spanish court in 2011 sentenced Txeroki in absentia to 377 years in prison for 20 attempted assassinations.