Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Podemos ('We Can') party leader Pablo Iglesias during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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The United Nations does not view Spain's separatist-ruled Catalonia region as having the right to self-determination, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in an interview published Saturday.Pro-independence parties in the wealthy northeast Spanish region are seeking to pass a resolution in the Catalan parliament in early November announcing the formal start of secession from Spain and the formation of a new republican state within 18 months.Ban said the U.N. did not recognize Catalonia as a non-autonomous territory that should be able to claim the right to self-determination.Home to 7.5 million people, Spain's richest region has its own widely spoken language and distinct culture.
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