Spanish Prince calls on countrymen to combat unemployment

11:44, October 24, 2009      

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Prince Felipe de Borbon, also known as the Prince of Asturias, urged his countrymen to help tackle unemployment by creating new jobs during an awards ceremony on Friday.

During the 29th Prince of Asturias Prize awards ceremony hosted in Spain's northern city of Oviedo, Felipe, accompanied by his wife, Princess of Asturias Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano and his mother, Queen Sofia of Spain, urged Spaniards to make a collective effort to work "shoulder to shoulder" and create new jobs.

Felipe said he trusted Spaniards' ability to build a more solid and equitable future and urged his people to jointly tackle the economic crisis.

Unemployment "hurts our dignity as human beings, and it is our main concern," he explained.

The Spanish government had recently released the country's unemployment rate, which remained unchanged at an EU-high of 17.9 percent in the third quarter with the number of jobless standing at more than 4 million.

The Prince of Asturias Prize on Arts was awarded to British architect Norman Foster, to the World Health Organization on International Cooperation, to British naturalist David Attenborough on Social Sciences, and to the National Autonomous University of Mexico on Communication and Humanities.

Source: Xinhua
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