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Spanish ambassador who defended Catalunya's independence 'may be struck off'
04 October 2013 @ 14:49

AN AMBASSADOR who supports Catalunya's call for an independence referendum may be struck off by Spanish foreign affairs minister José Manuel García-Margallo.

Alberto Moreno, 59, who will have been a diplomat in Andorra for three years in January after similar stints in Angola and Luxembourg, would normally be due to move to another location after this period of time, but Margallo has 'not ruled out' ceasing his career as front-man for Spain's embassies altogether.

Moreno was born in Barcelona and, in an interview with the newspaper El Diari d'Andorra, said that now the secession debate has reached such a critical stage, Catalunya should be 'allowed to hold a legal referendum about whether or not to remain part of Spain'.

And if 65 per cent or more people vote in favour of the north-eastern region becoming a separate nation, the central government 'will have to accept the result'.

Otherwise, we would not be able to call ourselves a democracy,” said Moreno from his base in the Pyrénéen principality, the only nation in the world where catalán, spoken in his native region, is the sole official language. 


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