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No: 333, 27 October 2017, Press Release regarding the developments in the region of Catalonia in Spain

We are closely following the developments in the region of Catalonia in Spain.

This afternoon’s decision of the Parliament of the Regional Government of Catalonia concerning the declaration of independence is not a step in the right direction. Respect for the territorial integrity and the Constitution of Spain as well as the will of Spanish people are fundamental. The unilateral decision of the Parliament does not comply with the Constitution and the laws of Spain and does not reflect the will of Spain as well as the people of this region.

We hope that the Regional Government of Catalonia will not insist on this unilateral decision, which has no constitutional legitimacy and could lead to tension and escalation. We believe that this issue will be resolved based on democracy and the rule of law.

Turkey has no doubt that Spain, with whom Turkey has bonds of friendship and alliance, will overcome this challenge. Turkey supports Spain’s efforts in this aspect.