She has a major obsession to end all ethnic conflicts and separatist movements throughout the country.
When, if ever, should international law and institutions support separatist claims?
Some popular movements were actually separatist in character.
The formation of new provinces was also expected to help security authorities to control separatist activities in the region.
Tensions in the region, which once hosted an armed separatist movement that mostly faded in the 1980s, have been rising for months.
But if he hoped this would dampen separatist demands he was wrong.
The separatist movement is violating the law, as they are conducting a rebellion.
Army generals want to mount limited offensive operations against thousands of well-armed separatist rebels.
She also said her top priority was to prevent the diverse archipelago being torn apart by separatist rebellions.
But Spain is also home to several of Europe's most active separatist movements.