October 11, 2017 / 7:38 AM / in 10 months

Solution to Catalonia crisis only under Spanish law - Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A dispute between the Spanish government and the leaders of Catalonia over the region’s efforts to seek independence could only be solved through talks based on the Spanish constitution, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday.

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files

“A unilateral declaration of Catalonian independence would be irresponsible,” Gabriel said in a statement. “A solution can only be found through talks on the basis of the rule of law and within the framework of the Spanish constitution.”

Writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by Victoria Bryan

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