Comment by representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

Pertaining to the Catalan independence referendum

We in South Ossetia watch carefully the political developments in Spain, where on September 6, 2017 the Parliament of Catalonia passed the law on conducting a referendum on independence on October 1, 2017. As a democratic process, a referendum is the highest form of expression of the will of people, and the results of this significant political action are of paramount importance for the community.

Without any doubt, everything what is happening in Spain is an internal affair of the state. However, the main thing is that the process should remain within the framework of the legislation of the corresponding state and meet the international principles. Repressions and double standards are inadmissible.

We respect the sovereign right of the Catalan people to free choice of the way of their further development, which is one of the most important principles of international law.

As for the international community, it should do its utmost to prevent escalation of tensions.


Tskhinval, September 25, 2017