Wednesday, March 23, 2005

ETA and Batasuna Party two separate entities

22 March 2005

MADRID-Spain's ruling Socialists deny having any contact with a Basque party outlawed for links to separatist violence.

They have rejected calls from the main opposition conservatives for a review of the allegations under the terms of the anti-terrorism pact the two big national parties signed in 2000.

Batasuna, banned by the courts in 2003 for its ties to the Basque terrorist group ETA, denounced as a "lie" the claim that it has a "communication channel" with the Socialists, while emphasizing its readiness to meet with people of all political persuasions.


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