Yesterday, the United States Department of State made official the removal of ETA from its list of terrorist organizations and justified it as a way of acknowledging Spain's "success" in ending the threat of the gang, which in May 2018 announced its dissolution.
ETA was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under the Immigration and Nationality Act in August 1997, when the list was created. The decision was made known this past Monday and the victims of terrorism did not like it. The AVT expressed its "deep concern" over the news, since "there are still more than 300 terrorist murders pending resolution and dozens of members of the terrorist organization on the run with pending cases with justice." In addition to ETA, the United States also delisted a Japanese sect, a group from Israel, and two radical Islamic organizations.
With this, says the department headed by Antony Blinken, it seeks to ensure that the sanctions for terrorism imposed by the United States "remain in force and credible, and do not reflect any change in policy towards the past activities of any of these terrorists or of the organizations of which they were members.
Likewise, the State Department stressed that the five will continue to be designated as entities of Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT for its acronym in English). This will allow them to continue to be considered as such, explained the United States Government, and is due, among other things, to the desire to "support police actions or guarantee that frozen assets are not provided to terrorists who are still active."
"The United States remains committed to fighting terrorist activities around the world," the State Department said.