Sri Lanka rejects declaration of independence by Catalonia

BY APD NEWSOct 28,2017 at 17:22

By APD writer Easwaran Rutnam

COLOMBO, Oct. 28 (APD) -- Sri Lanka on Saturday said it unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain, and considers Catalonia as an integral part of Spain.

The statement was made after the unilateral declaration of independence by the regional Parliament of Catalonia.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said that Sri Lanka and Spain enjoy an enduring friendship, and Sri Lanka considers Spain as an important member in Sri Lanka’s partnership with the European Union.

"The government of Sri Lanka unequivocally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain, and considers Catalonia as an integral part of Spain. The government of Sri Lanka urges the pursuit of dialogue for a united Spain in accordance with the rule of law, and within the Spanish constitutional framework," the Foreign Ministry said.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday announced the immediate sacking of Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his government and called for new elections in the region on December 21.

This followed the decision taken by the Catalan Parliament earlier in the day to unilaterally declare independence of the region in the northeast of Spain.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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