Friday, 20 October 2017

EU Leaders rule out Mediation in Catalan crisis

Donald Tusk, European Council President has explicitly dismissed any EU mediation over Catalonia, notwithstanding the "concerning" situation there, BBC reports.

He was quoted as saying; "There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action".

He was reportedly speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Recall, Catalans voted for independence in October 1, 2017 referendum, but was outlawed by Spain and this has brought about mass demonstrations.

Donald Tusk's makes this remark hours after Spain reportedly said she was beginning the process of imposing direct rule on the autonomous region.

"I am of course for many reasons in permanent contact with (Spain's) Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy," Mr Tusk said.
"There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning, but our position... is clear."

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly said that the Catalan crisis has exposed Western hypocrisy, which seem to backs some separatist movements but not others.

Adding that Western nations had supported the independence of Kosovo from Serbia - a Russian ally - but not Catalonia or for Iraqi Kurdistan.

He further questioned the contrary view of several countries to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which prompted an international sanctions against Russia.

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