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Gov’t highlights its support for Spain’s territorial integrity

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Monday, October 30
The government of Georgia and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili have stated that Georgia supports Spain’s territorial integrity amid tension in Catalonia, with its leaders striving for independence.

“The Georgian government condemns the declaration of independence by Catalonia and supports the Spanish government's efforts to restore order,” reads the Georgian government’s statement.

The document says that “the Georgian government is firmly committed to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain within its internationally recognized borders and is considering Catalonia as an integral part of Spain.”

Some members of the Georgian government have also published their view on social network.

"Georgia strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our friend and partner, Spain,” PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili tweeted.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili has sent letters to King Philip VI of the Kingdom of Spain and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

According to the Presidential Administration, the letters indicate that Georgia and the Georgian people strongly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain.

The leaders of Georgia’s eastern breakaway region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) say they are ready to consider the recognition of the independence of Catalonia, DimitryMedoev, the de facto foreign minister of Tskhinvali said.

"I have recently visited Barcelona, where we opened our office. The South Ossetian authorities will consider the recognition of the independence of Catalonia if we receive an appropriate appeal from Catalonia," Medoev said.

The Parliament of Catalonia voted to declare independence from Spain last week. 70 legislators voted in favour and 10 voted against. The decision was made during a secret vote.

The Spanish Government moved to impose direct rule over Catalonia, stripping the region of its autonomy less than an hour after its Parliament declared independence in a stunning show of defiance. The Spanish Government dissolved the Catalonian Parliament and announced new elections.