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The government does not see a request for asylum

The executive underlines that the first day with article 155 in force elapsed normally

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The government does not see a request for asylum

The government does not see a possible request for asylum of Carles Puigdemont and some of exadvisors, who yesterday traveled to Belgium while prosecution was complaining against m for rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. Fuentes de La Moncloa argued that se politicians cannot be applied to diplomatic and territorial asylum figures. They underlined normality with which first working day was spent in Catalonia with article 155 in force.

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The Spanish government knows in detail rules regulating right of asylum in European Union because in days of José María Aznar worked on it in response to demands of terrorists integrated in ETA. Consequently, hyposis that Puigdemont and several of its advisers had moved to Belgium in search of shelter found a prompt response from executive. "The situation does not fit at all in assumption of diplomatic asylum, because in Europe it does not govern that figure," argued government sources. "It also does not fit into territorial asylum", y added, referring to Spain meeting all requirements of Geneva Convention to be considered a safe state; And that crimes for which prosecution accused Puigdemont were allegedly committed before he submitted any request.

From executive chaired by Mariano Rajoy It was also pointed out yesterday that it is "incompatible with EU membership to grant asylum to a national by anor Member State". The simple fact that Spain is one of 27 European partners, underlined since Moncloa, already certifies that it complies with standards of protection of human rights and respect for rule of law that are at heart of Union.

After first days of implementation of intervention measures decided under article 155 of Constitution, executive maintained a maximum concern for avoiding any episode of tension in Catalan streets.

Before and after voyage of Puigdemont and several former advisors was known, government stressed normality with which first working day was lived in Catalonia with article 155 in force. There were no protests, no notable cases of absenteeism among public employees.

Council of Ministers

The team of Rajoy monitored events, found majority collaboration of officials and lived without any jumps that Exadvisor Josep Rull went to his official office, by interpreting that he did to collect his personal objects. At same time, executive began to take on task of coordinating day to day of Catalan administration. Representatives of central government met with high positions of Department of Economy of Generalitat to advance in some aspects of intervention in that area. Finally, once Carme Forcadell complied dissolution of Parlament, disconvening planned meeting of Bureau, Rajoy decided to maintain political initiative.

Thus, President asked his advisors to seek an immediate approach to PNV to negotiate support of Basque nationalists to budgets of 2018 (y reiterated ir refusal yesterday). His collaborators also began to prepare Council of Ministers that in next few hours will make organizational decisions on regional elections to be held in Catalonia on 21 December.

And vice President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría closed first working day of implementing measures of article 155 with a phrase that seemed to point out that executive aspires to maintain his understanding with PSOE and citizens. When re is "willingness to agree", he said, "fruitful and lasting" objectives can be achieved.


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