The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, confirmed at the end of the first meeting with the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, this Tuesday at Moncloa, that the dialogue table between the two governments to deal with the Catalan conflict will take place in Barcelona in the week of September 13.
After the meeting, which lasted two and a half hours, both leaders have agreed on the “agenda” for this new meeting that will open “the space for negotiation to resolve the territorial conflict”, Aragonès has stated from the Blanquerna cultural center, the headquarters of the Generalitat in Madrid.
Aragonès has also advanced that the State-Generalitat bilateral commission to “monitor the execution of investments in infrastructure planned in Catalonia ” It will be held next July.
The meeting took place on the same day that The Court of Auditors has requested a guarantee of 5.4 million euros from different leaders of the ‘procés’, among them, former presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont.
The first meeting with the president has served, the Catalan president has advanced, “to verify the distant positions” as well as “the obvious differences in the solution of the political conflict”, yes, within the mutual “agreement” in which there is a conflict and the need for “its resolution from dialogue and the will to agree and with the endorsement of the citizens of Catalonia”, the ERC leader explained.
“We celebrate that it has been possible to unravel the work of this negotiation space to resolve the conflict,” he valued, before stressing that in this meeting “We have worked on important issues, such as the solution to all the repression, also to the exiles and those who are pending trial and those persecuted by the Court of Accounts”, has declared.
Aragonese has defended before Sánchez a solution “via amnesty” to the conflict, which the Generalitat will also transfer “to the dialogue table”. As it has reiterated “the will to decide the political future of Catalonia” through “the solution that includes the majority of Catalan citizenship, which is self-determination.”
The head of the Catalan executive has insisted that the solution passes through amnesty and self-determination, in addition to the end of repression, and “that the political conflict moves democratically at the polls.”
The president has urged the Socialist Government to “comply with the report of the Council of Europe that asks to withdraw the demand for the extradition of the exiles (the fled sovereign politicians). Aragonès has said that the State’s solution involves “maintaining the status quo” and has affirmed that there has been no talk of a reform of the Statute. Neither has the need for a statewide referendum on Catalonia been raised.
The delegation of the Government that attends the dialogue table will be institutional and the Catalan executive will choose its components “on an equal basis.” It has not clarified if both presidents will attend to this first meeting of the dialogue table, because the composition of the participants will be decided over the next few weeks.
It has differentiated the first meeting of the dialogue table, announced for September, from the State-Generalitat bilateral commission, which will be held next July and which will monitor “non-compliance in the execution of investments in infrastructure for Catalonia and the Statute “, as well as the distribution of European funds for reconstruction after the Covid.
Starting next Wednesday, councilors and ministers of both governments will begin to establish sectoral contacts relevant for the holding of the commission.