Batasuna to be banned from EU debate on ETA

20th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2006, STRASBOURG — Batasuna, the banned political wing of ETA, will not be allowed to take part in a debate on the Basque peace process in the European parliament.

20 October 2006

STRASBOURG — Batasuna, the banned political wing of ETA, will not be allowed to take part in a debate on the Basque peace process in the European parliament.

Josep Borrell, the Spanish president of the parliament, said on Friday, they will not be allowed in to take part in the debate on 25 October.

Borrell said: "We have not allowed them to come into the parliament in the past and we will do the same this time.

"I don't see any reason to change the criteria."

Batasuna was banned in 2003 by the Spanish supreme court and classed as a terrorist organisation.

The EU also proscribes Batasuna.

The statement from Borrell came after the leader of the conservative opposition Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, urged the chamber not to admit Batasuna during the planned debate.

But Enrique Baron, leader of the Spanish socialist group in the parliament, said members of Batasuna should be allowed into the chamber, but individuals could not be stopped. 

Batasuna leaders said they were pleased a debate was being held even if they were not admitted.

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Subject: Spanish news

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