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Basque group ETA gives authorities list of weapons caches

  • French Mayor of Bayonne Jean-Rene Etchegaray, fourth left, delivers his speech ahead of the announcement by Ram Manikkalingam, third left, president of the Verification Commission for disarmament of ETA, the Basque separatist group, that ETA handed over its arms in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, handed over its arms Saturday, putting a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people mostly in Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

    French Mayor of Bayonne Jean-Rene Etchegaray, fourth left, delivers his speech ahead of the announcement by Ram Manikkalingam, third left, president of the Verification Commission for disarmament of ETA, the Basque separatist group, that ETA handed over its arms in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, handed over its arms Saturday, putting a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people mostly in Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ram Manikkalingam, a member of the commission overseeing the Basque group ETA's ceasefire, announces delivery of ETA weapons to French authorities, as Bayonne Mayor Jean-Rene Etxegarray looks on during a press conference in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, handed over its arms Saturday, putting a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people mostly in Spain. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    Ram Manikkalingam, a member of the commission overseeing the Basque group ETA's ceasefire, announces delivery of ETA weapons to French authorities, as Bayonne Mayor Jean-Rene Etxegarray looks on during a press conference in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. The Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, handed over its arms Saturday, putting a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed the lives of over 800 people mostly in Spain. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ram Manikkalingam, third right, a member of the commission overseeing the Basque group ETA's ceasefire, announces delivery of ETA weapons to French authorities, surrounded by others, from left, Jean Noel Etcheverry, Bishop Matteo Zuppi, Jean Rene Etxegarray, Mayor of Bayonne Michel Tubiana and Reverend Harold Good during a press conference in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. In a letter Friday to the BBC, the Basque sepratist group ETA declared itself a weapons-free organization after giving up its entire arsenal to civil society groups. It confirmed the mediators, who call themselves "peace artisans," would complete the disarmament Saturday in southern France, as announced earlier. (AP Photo/bob Edme)

    Ram Manikkalingam, third right, a member of the commission overseeing the Basque group ETA's ceasefire, announces delivery of ETA weapons to French authorities, surrounded by others, from left, Jean Noel Etcheverry, Bishop Matteo Zuppi, Jean Rene Etxegarray, Mayor of Bayonne Michel Tubiana and Reverend Harold Good during a press conference in Bayonne, southwestern France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. In a letter Friday to the BBC, the Basque sepratist group ETA declared itself a weapons-free organization after giving up its entire arsenal to civil society groups. It confirmed the mediators, who call themselves "peace artisans," would complete the disarmament Saturday in southern France, as announced earlier. (AP Photo/bob Edme)  (The Associated Press)

The armed Basque separatist group ETA has formally given the French authorities a list of location of its weapons, ammunition and explosives.

The International Verification Commission, in charge of verifying the process, said in a statement Saturday that "this information was immediately conveyed to the relevant French authorities, who will now secure and collect ETA's arsenal".

The commission says it "believes that this step constitutes the disarmament of ETA".

Inactive for more than five years, ETA had said it would hand over its arms, a historic step following a 43-year violent campaign that claimed 829 lives, mostly in Spain.

Disarmament is the second-to-last step demanded by France and Spain, which want ETA to formally disband. The organization hasn't said whether it would do that.