Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said that the region “has won the right to be independent”, but stopped short of unilaterally declaring secession from Spain in a plea for dialogue.
“The ballot boxes, the only language we understand, say yes to independence. And this is the route I am committed to traveling,” he told the Catalan parliament on Tuesday (10 October), in a much awaited speech nine days after the 1 October independence referendum.
“Arriving at this historic moment,” he said, “I take it upon myself to say … that the people have determined that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic.”
He added, however, that he would ask the Catalan parliament to “suspend” the declaration of independence “so that in the coming weeks we may begin a dialogue without which it is impossible to arrive at an agreed solution.”
“We must keep [the referendum’s] results in mind during the period of dialogue which we are willing to open,” he said, adding that this was “a gesture of responsibility” from his government “to de-escalate tension”…
Read more : EUobserver, 11.10.2017