Cyprus has formally rejected Catalonian independence on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
“Cyprus strongly reaffirms its unwavering support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Spain, and expresses its solidarity with the Government and the people of Spain,” said President Nicos Anastasiades.
Catalonia declared a symbolic independence after a referendum held earlier, and is now negotiating with the Madrid authorities.
The issue is tied to Cyprus in the sense that the Turkish Cypriots declared their own state in the 1980’s, splitting from the rest of the country. No country other than occupying force Turkey recognises the entity. If Catalonia takes the same route, it’s unlikely to be recognised, leaving it in a no-man’s land of legal uncertainties and rejection by the international community at an official level. Already, Germany has formally rejected Catalonia’s independence, and the same message was heard at the EU level.
“On this internal matter, Cyprus stresses that the most prudent way forward is to seek a resolution to the crisis through dialogue, in a peaceful and orderly manner, in full conformity with the Spanish Constitution,” said the president.
Breakaway states lead a lonely existence, isolated by legal barriers, the very least of which is the entity’s national ID papers and bilateral relations with other countries.