The Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland met today with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Spain, Alfonso Descison to discuss the situation with Catalonia and stressed the importance of the unity of Spain. About it reports a press-service of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

“The Secretary-General stressed the importance of the unity of Spain. He noted that internal dialogue should be based on the rule of law and constitutional principles. Jagland welcomed the decision of Spain to investigate clashes with police in Catalonia”, – said in a statement.

Jagland expressed hope that dialogue there is a time and a solution to the Catalan crisis will be found.

Earlier today it was reported that the French Minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau, said that France will refuse to recognize Catalonia as an independent state in the event of a unilateral Declaration by the Spanish region’s independence.

Also today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed their support for the unity of Spain in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy.

On 2 October the government of Catalonia has published the preliminary results of the referendum on independence for the region after the processing of 99% ballots: “for” independence from Spain voted 90,09% of the citizens of the Autonomous community, “against” – 7,87%.

A referendum on Catalan independence began against the background of the attempts of the police to prevent the holding of the vote. Police seized the ballots and ballot boxes. In some areas, the police tried to block the building entrances. According to media reports, the militiamen who have arrived from other regions of Spain were used against the supporters of the referendum rubber bullets. Affected about a thousand people.

See also: Spain may terminate the autonomy of Catalonia Prime Minister

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe called for the unity of Spain 10.10.2017

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