UN chief hopes for 'united' Spain in the future

Ban Ki-moon makes comment amid political tussles over Catalan independence

UN chief hopes for 'united' Spain in the future

World Bulletin / News Desk

Amid intense political battles over the future of a Catalonia independent from Spain, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a meeting with the country’s king and prime minister that he looks to a “united” Spain.

“I look to Spain united in its diversity, to do more, much more, on the global stage in the future,” said Ban on Thursday.

The meeting commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations and the 60th anniversary of Spain entering the UN.

Although no one in the meeting directly mentioned the desire of the Catalan government to separate, the pressing conflict was often alluded to.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy used his speech to discuss the principle of “territorial integrity” and warned that “those who act against the constitution also do so against international agreements like that of the UN."

Spain’s Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, also referred to a “strong Spain”.

“No state, nor the UN, is interested in a weakened voice of Spain. More than ever are they interested in a strong, prosperous and united Spain,” he said.

The Spanish monarch, Felipe VI, spoke of the benefits of the UN in critical situations like wars and diseases. 

In reference to the refugee crisis he said: “This tragedy, at the doors of our continent, brings up questions and demands for Europeans to be loyal to our best principles and our traditions of welcoming.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2015, 12:12