aA
Spain is in crucial need of a dialogue with its citizens, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said following clashes between police and protesters in Catalonia, Spain, over the region's independence referendum.
Catalans vote
Catalans vote
© Scanpix

"Emotianal charge is strong, wounds of mistrust deep,dialogue w own people is a must for Spain . Violence will not help," Linkevičius said on his Twitter feed.

The minister told BNS that the situation in Spain was under close scrutiny. In his words, settling disagreements by force would be a difficult task.

"We could suspect about the use of violence, however, it is very difficult for us to decide, as we are not entirely familiar with the situation. However, the tensions had been mounting for a long time, and the supporters of Catalonia have said they were very emotional, the emotional load was big, and conversations between supporters of a united Spain and Catalonia were obviously not successful. Apparently, there was no constructive dialogue, and now we see the consequences, solving the situation by force will be a hard task, they will need to talk to preserve harmony and possibly the country's integrity," Linkevičius told BNS on Sunday.

In his words, Lithuania has earlier said it would not interfere with Spain's domestic affairs.

"Spain is a democratic country, a member of the European Union and the principle of the rule of law is important, however, we are again saying that excessive force should not be used. This is very important," said the diplomacy chief.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Foreing ministry asks people to refrain from trips to Tenerife city

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked people to refrain from trips to the Tenerife...

Defense ministry moves to introduce 'official use' label in defense system

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to introduce the " official use " label for sensitive...

Commission calls for state-level emergency over coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government's Emergency Commission recommended on Monday that the government declare a...

Tensions with president push PM's rating further down

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis ' popularity rating has dropped further down amid the...

President proposes nine legislative initiatives for Seimas spring session

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has proposed including nine legislative initiatives into the...

Top news

Finance minister: coronavirus to affect economy

The widening coronavirus outbreak will have implications for the Lithuanian economy , Finance...

German who moved to live in Kaunas: I did not expect so much cultural life here

Jörgen Kipp , Purchasing Manager at HELLA Lithuania, came to Kaunas two years ago to live and...

Foreing ministry asks people to refrain from trips to Tenerife city

Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked people to refrain from trips to the Tenerife...

Defense ministry moves to introduce 'official use' label in defense system

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to introduce the " official use " label for sensitive...

Lithuanian model Ieva hits the London Fashion Week catwalk

A Lithuanian student from Kėdainiai swapped designing clothes for modelling them at one of the...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina