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Jamaica not in support of Catalonia's declaration of independence from Spain

The Jamaican Government has declared that it does not recognise the declaration of independence of Catalonia as it supports a united Spain.
 
The Government made its position known through the release of a statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith on Thursday afternoon. 
 
According to the minister, it is hoped that dialogue, based on the rule of law, will lead to a peaceful, democratic and constitutional resolution of the crisis. 
 
Spain has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Catalonia held a referendum on independence from Spain on October 1, in defiance of a constitutional court ruling that had declared it illegal.
 
Last week, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed direct rule on Catalonia, dissolving the regional parliament and calling local elections for December 21.
 
Meanwhile, eight fired Catalan ministers have been remanded by a Spanish high court judge over the region's push for independence.
 
Prosecutors had asked the judge to detain eight of the nine former regional government members who turned up for questioning in Madrid.
 
They are accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.
 
The prosecutor asked the judge to issue a European Arrest Warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont.
 
The request also covers four other dismissed Catalan ministers who did not show up in court in Madrid as requested, but have been in Belgium since Monday.
                                      


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