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European Council president asks Catalan president not to declare independence

 President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a press conference at the Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, on Sept. 29, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/VALDA KALNINA

President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a press conference at the Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, on Sept. 29, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/VALDA KALNINA

Brussels, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- The president of the European Council on Tuesday urged the president of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia not to declare independence from Spain and to respect the country's constitutional order.

Donald Tusk made the appeal to Carles Puigdemont a few hours before the latter was due to appear before the regional parliament to review the results of the independence referendum held on Oct. 1, which was deemed illegal by the Madrid government and the judiciary.

"I appeal to you (...) as a member of an ethnic minority and a regionalist. As a man who knows what it feels like to be hit by a police baton, as someone who understands and feels the arguments and emotions of all sides," Tusk said.

Tusk said that "consequences would obviously be bad" if Puigdemont were to announce "such a decision that makes dialogue impossible."

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