“Dialogue and negotiation” as tools for resolving the conflict between Catalonia and Spain. The leaders of the European Union member states will all receive a letter from the Catalan president, Quim Torra, today informing them of the Catalan government’s priorities. In his letter, Torra states that his cabinet is committed to dialogue with Madrid to overcome the current territorial crisis. The letter makes no mention of the 1 October referendum or the unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October 2017. However, it does state that in Spain there are both politicians on remand (without using the term ‘political prisoners’) and in exile, accused of rebellion.
The president of the Catalan government declares his government to be committed to the “values of solidarity, diversity and cohesion”, stating that he will continue to fight for “dialogue and negotiation” to solve “political discrepancies.” Torra goes on to say that the “respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, pacifism, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of people belonging to minorities” will be the “backbone” of his government’s actions. He makes no reference to the right to self-determination, however.
Torra concludes with his belief that “there is no better expression of dialogue than that which culminates with the utmost respect for every person’s freedom to express themselves, voice their views and decide for themselves”.
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