Spanish king, eyeing Catalan independence bid, warns divisions 'impoverish'

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Madrid, October 24, AZERTAC.

King Felipe VI of Spain on Friday warned against "walls" and divisions that "impoverish and isolate" as an independence drive in the northeast region of Catalonia gets into higher gear, according to Yahoo.

"When divisions are promoted, something very deep breaks within us, in our very being, in our hearts. Let nobody use emotions to build walls," he said during a televised ceremony for the country's Princess of Asturias awards.

The monarch did not mention Catalonia by name, but gave a clear indication of his fears that the country could split.

"Divisions never make a people great, they only impoverish and isolate it. Let us avoid social fractures which cause so much harm," he said.

His comments came just three days before a new regional parliament is due to be formed in Catalonia following elections last month in which pro-independence parties won a majority of 72 seats in the 135-seat Catalan regional assembly.

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