Kosachev: the authorities of Spain have to go for dialogue with the Catalans, not to regard them as separatists

MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. The Spanish authorities need to remember that the war with its own population can lead to the collapse of the state. With the Catalans need to talk and negotiate, and not to regard them as separatists. This was stated on Sunday by the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev, commenting on the passing of a referendum in Catalonia on independence from Spain.

According to Kosachev, this vote, as well as in Iraqi Kurdistan – “is another visual collision in the forehead two fundamental principles by which mankind lives: territorial integrity and right to self-determination”.

“If the Spanish authorities will continue to consider the Catalans separatists, and before you know it – and terrorists; if the dialogue will be confined to establishing the number and location have not yet blocked by the police polling stations – the conflict will only get worse, as the supporters of independence of the breakaway region, the ground will only grow stronger,” Kosachev wrote on his page in Facebook.

According to him, while Spain and Ukraine, and other countries with similar problems, “you need to remember that the war with its own population only fraught with the collapse of the state, not its strengthening.” “Its citizens need to talk and they need to negotiate. As we invariably do in Russia,” Kosachev wrote.

The referendum on secession of Catalonia from Spain assigned to the Catalan government unilaterally without the consent of Madrid. In early September, authorities in the region have approved the two laws. First, according to supporters of sovereignty created the legal basis for the plebiscite on independence, and the second to regulate the exit of Catalonia from Spain in the event of victory on the results of voting supporters of a break with the Kingdom.

Madrid believes both the law and the referendum illegal. Spain’s constitutional court suspended the effect of these decisions. Spanish authorities assured that the plebiscite will not. Law enforcement agencies have been instructed to confiscate ballot boxes, ballot papers and other material.