Spanish socialists deny talks with Batasuna

20th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, March 19 (AFP) - Spain's governing socialist party (PSOE) denied a press report Saturday that suggested it had held talks with the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna.

MADRID, March 19 (AFP) - Spain's governing socialist party (PSOE) denied a press report Saturday that suggested it had held talks with the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna.

The PSOE "will not meet Batasuna" until the party "definitively condemns violence," insisted Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, a PSOE spokesman speaking to journalists in the north coast city of Santander.

The denial comes after Spanish national daily ABC ran an interview with a jailed member of the armed separatist group ETA, Jorge Garcia Sertucha, who in a conversation with another separatist suggested both the French and Spanish socialist parties had had links with Batasuna.

Batasuna has been banned by Spanish law since 2003 because of links to ETA separatists and features on an EU list of terrorist organisations.

ETA is blamed for more than 800 deaths in a four-decade struggle for an independent Basque state covering parts of northern Spain and southwest France.

© AFP

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