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Thursday, April 15, 1999 Published at 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK

World: Europe

Spain suspends decision on Kurdish assembly meeting

The Spanish Constitutional Court has suspended a move by the Basque regional parliament to allow Kurdish separatists from Turkey to convene a parliament-in-exile in the region in July.

This follows a legal challenge by the Spanish government, which strongly opposes the meeting.

It argues that the Basque parliament's offer to let the Kurds meet there interferes with its exclusive right to handle international relations and foreign policy. The government warned that the meeting might endanger ties with Turkey.

Some reports say it could take several months for the Constitutional Court to make a final ruling.

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