DAG established the International Verification Commission for the Ceasefire in the Basque Country (IVC) after the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) announced a permanent ceasefire in January 2011. The Commission worked closely with the Basque government, political parties, trade unions and the Basque business association. Read more...
On 8 April 2017, the Commission facilitated and participated in ETA’s disarmament. The Commission received information regarding the location of ETA’s weapons, ammunition and explosives from Basque civil society representatives, and conveyed this to the French authorities. The then French Minister of Interior described the disarmament as a “great step” towards peace and security in Europe.
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DAG created a high-level Sri Lankan team to discuss the challenges around peace processes, democratic transitions and religious tensions with senior Myanmar government officials and political party leaders. This team drew on DAG’s experience and the close historical, cultural and religious ties between Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
In Northern Ireland, DAG jointly facilitated the decommissioning of weapons of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and mediated an agreement between Republican prisoners in Maghaberry prison and the Northern Ireland Prison Services (NIPS). DAG participated in the “Joint Facilitation Group,” a collaboration between DAG, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Creggan Enterprises (a community foundation in Derry), whose aim was to contribute to ongoing peace efforts.