The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, called this Monday to “be generous and responsible” to “leave behind a conflict scenario” in Catalonia and turn the page on the “balance of pain, poverty and stagnation” in recent years. In an event organized by the Foment del Treball employer association in Barcelona, Sánchez met for the first time with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, whom he referred to as “esteemed Pere” and who stated that there is an “opportunity” to open a new stage. Their tone was conciliatory.
His interventions also took place a few minutes after a letter from the ERC leader, Oriol Junqueras, sent to La Sexta y Ara, was revealed, where supports the pardons that the Government plans to grant to the independence leaders as a way to “alleviate the conflict” and suggests that the unilateral path towards the independence of Catalonia is no longer “viable or desirable”. The Republican leader defends that amnesty is the best solution, but that “any gesture in the line of de-judicializing the conflict helps.”
In his speech, Sánchez assured that “It is the inescapable moment” to find “a solution” and asked to put aside the “sterile dialectic of the one and the other” to search “together” for a “new us”. “Let’s change threats for proposals (…) and let’s not look for justifications or revenge, but for solutions.” In the line of recent weeks, the president continued to pave the way for the granting of the grace measure and expressed his commitment to “the long term” above “the smallness of party interests or electoral calculations.”
“And there will be no greater benefit for Catalan and Spanish citizens – the president continued – than leaving behind a scene of crisis, conflict, confrontation.” That is why he demanded “courage” from “everyone”, both “in Catalonia” and “in Spain”, and warned that “it will not be the maximalist positions that allow us to regain coexistence and lost strength.” “We risk the future (…). We cannot fail,” he concluded.
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