Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont seeks independence talks

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Catalan chief Carles Puigdemont has mentioned his folks voted for independence from Spain – however that he desires a negotiated resolution with Madrid.

He requested the regional parliament in Barcelona to droop the impact of the vote so talks may start – slightly than breaking away instantly.

A vote on 1 October resulted in nearly 90% of voters backing independence, Catalan officers say.

Madrid mentioned it was unlawful and Spain’s Constitutional Court docket suspended it.

Anti-independence voters largely boycotted the referendum poll – which had a reported turnout of 43% – and there have been a number of stories of irregularities.

Nationwide police had been concerned in violent scenes as they manhandled voters.

Mr Puigdemont advised the regional parliament on Tuesday night that the “folks’s will” was to interrupt away from Madrid, however he additionally mentioned he wished to “de-escalate” the strain across the concern.

He hailed the referendum course of and condemned the actions of the Spanish authorities, however acknowledged that folks on all sides had been apprehensive about what would occur subsequent.

“We’re all a part of the identical group and we have to go ahead collectively. The one means ahead is democracy and peace,” he advised deputies.

However he additionally mentioned Catalonia was being denied the appropriate to self-determination, and paying an excessive amount of in taxes to the central authorities in Madrid.

Catalan police have been posted exterior the parliament in Barcelona, sealing off the grounds to the general public. A big pro-independence rally was held within the space because the parliament met.

‘Risk nonetheless on the desk’

By the BBC’s Tom Burridge, in Barcelona

The unbelievable sport of cat and mouse between the Madrid authorities and the Catalan devolved authorities continues.

And that is been the tactic all alongside from the Catalan authorities. It has been placing threats on the desk, it has been talking to the media and saying: “I’ll go forward and declare independence from Spain come what could”, “I’ll maintain that referendum of greater than every week in the past though it has been declared unlawful by the Spanish state, though they attempt to arrest officers and attempt to break it up”.

And now Carles Puigdemont is saying: “I’m nonetheless going to declare independence from Spain, however I’m giving them a while, a window.”

That may be a window the place there can in principle be mediation – and we’re listening to that there are mediation efforts by a world organisation, in keeping with our sources, involving very very senior worldwide political figures.

In a way his stark warnings have not modified. However he’ll nonetheless be below stress, not solely from his personal get together however different pro-independence Catalan events which he is determined by for a majority in parliament to truly maintain this entire undertaking going.

He is given them perhaps sufficient, however is their endurance going to expire? After which there’s the opposite dimension on this – the Spanish authorities in Madrid.

Independence supporters had been sharing the Catalan hashtag #10ODeclaraciĆ³ (10 October Declaration) on Twitter, amid expectations that Mr Puigdemont would ask parliament to declare independence on the idea of the referendum law it handed final month.

However influential figures together with Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau and European Council President Donald Tusk had urged Mr Puigdemont to step again from declaring independence.

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The Madrid authorities had referred to as on the Catalan chief “to not do something irreversible, to not pursue a path of no return and to not make any unilateral independence declaration”.

Mr Tusk mentioned: “A couple of days in the past I requested [Spanish] Prime Minister Rajoy to search for an answer to the issue with out using drive, to search for dialogue, as a result of using dialogue is at all times higher.

“Range mustn’t and needn’t result in battle whose penalties would clearly be dangerous for the Catalans, for Spain and for entire of Europe.”

Mr Rajoy is because of seem in Spain’s parliament on Wednesday. He has already mentioned any declaration of independence by Catalonia would “lead to nothing“.

A stream of corporations have introduced plans to maneuver their head workplaces out of Catalonia in response to the disaster.

It’s one among Spain’s wealthiest areas, accounting for 1 / 4 of the nation’s exports.

The European Union has made clear that ought to Catalonia break up from Spain, the area would stop to be a part of the EU.

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Catalonia, part of the Spanish state for hundreds of years however with its personal distinct language and tradition, enjoys broad autonomy below the Spanish structure.

Nevertheless, a 2005 modification redefining the area as a “nation”, boosting the standing of the Catalan language and growing native management over taxes and the judiciary was reversed by the Constitutional Court docket in 2010.

The financial disaster additional fuelled discontent and pro-independence events took energy within the area within the 2015 elections.

Makes an attempt to carry a authorized Scottish-style referendum on independence have gotten nowhere with the Spanish authorities.

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