Maite Goyenetxe and Jean Claude Aguerre announce the closure of Batasuna, a French wing of a Basque nationalist party in Bayonne, the main city in France's Basque region, January 3, 2013.
Basque’s separatist leaders say they have dissolved its party, Batasuna, as it has moved into a “new political phase” and will achieve independence for its region bordering France and Spain through political means.
"We are announcing the dissolution of Batasuna," Maite Goyenetxe and Jean Claude Aguerre, spokespeople for the Batasuna party, said in Bayonne, the main city in France's Basque region.
"We affirm that we will achieve the project of building Euskal Herria (the Basque Country) only by political means, in the face of the oppressive French and Spanish states," Goyenetxe said.
The Spanish Supreme Court banned Batasuna from political activities in Spain in 2003 and the party could only continue operations in France.
Nine years later, the members of Batasuna’s Spanish wing joined Euskal Herria Bildu in a leftist separatist coalition.