This time is France's Defense Ministry the one stating that a transfer of Basque political prisoners to jails in or nearby Iparralde could be a possibility.
The note appeared at EITb:
French Defence minister admits prisoner's transfer to Basque jails
The French Defence minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, has affirmed that it would be possible to suggest the transfer of those Basque prisoners in French jails to prisons near the Basque Country if "a real ceasefire will (by ETA) is tested."
When asked about a possible transfer of inmates, the minister, former mayor of Donibane Lohizune (Saint Jean de Luz), has affirmed that "provided that in the future we realise there's a real ceasefire will, every issue will be tackled." "And I say every issue," she has added emphatically.
Around 150 Basque people are imprisoned in French jails.
The minister has explained that ETA's ceasefire, announced last week, must be faced "with hopes and prudence," in statements during a visit to Donibane Lohizune (Saint Jean de Luz). Alliot-Marie has reminded that, up to this moment, the armed band's stops have been wasted "sooner or later."The French Government had only talked about hopes and prudence with regard to ETA's ceasefire up to this moment.