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Jamaica supports a united Spain — Foreign Affairs Ministry

Thursday, November 02, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says the Jamaican Government supports a united Spain and does not recognise the declaration of independence of Catalonia.

“Jamaica values greatly the enduring partnership it has maintained with Spain over the many years. It is therefore hoped, that dialogue, based on the rule of law will lead to a peaceful, democratic and constitutional resolution of the crisis,” the ministry said in a statement this afternoon. Last month hundreds of thousands of Catalans voted in an independence referendum held despite a court ban deeming it unconstitutional.

Spanish riot police tried to block the vote as video footage emerged of them using batons and rubber bullets on crowds and roughing up voters.

The Catalan government says 90 per cent of those who voted backed independence, but the turnout was only 43 per cent as many who opposed a split with Spain boycotted the poll.

Catalonia is in northeastern Spain, with the city of Barcelona as its capital.

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