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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- A spokesman for Spain's newly elected Socialist Party dismissed a request from Basque separatist group ETA to negotiate without surrendering its weapons.

ETA said it was asking Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for dialogue, noting it was not prepared to surrender its weapons, according to Gara, a newspaper that regularly prints ETA's statements.

The United States and European Union consider ETA a terrorist organization.

Spain's government initially blamed ETA for the March 11 bombings of Madrid's train network, which killed 202 people, until evidence surfaced that indicated an Islamic terror group such as al Qaeda may have orchestrated the attack.

Many Spaniards saw the quick implication of ETA by Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's government as politically motivated. Shortly after the attacks, Aznar's government was voted out of power.

ETA is blamed for killing more than 800 people in attacks since it began its fight against Spain for a separate homeland in 1968.

From CNN Producer Maria Arbeleaz and CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman

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