The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has boasted after meeting with Pedro Sanchez that “we have managed to bring the State to a negotiating table.” Despite Moncloa’s efforts to speak of a dialogue table, the Esquerra leader has made it clear that “from now on, the negotiating teams will lay the foundations for a negotiating process that has just begun.” Aragonès has valued that now “we have to build trust” between the two parties “to create a more favorable framework.”
The separatist leader has claimed that “until recently the recognition by the State of the political conflict was unthinkable.” For this reason, he has repeated on different occasions. “The importance of what begins today”, with “two parties that recognize that there is a political problem and express their will to redirect that conflict.”
Aragonès has said that “the pardons are a step, but not enough.” In this sense, he has claimed to go further. Specifically, it demands “to paralyze the criminalization of the independence movement, with the dejudicialization.” The Catalan president places the “end of the repression” with the file of the judicial processes opened against the separatists, as a key point to continue dialoguing with the Government.
“The political future of Catalonia cannot end up deciding by imposition above the majority or by denying the problems we have,” he blurted out after meeting for two hours with Sánchez. As the President of the Government pointed out minutes before, the Catalan has also asked for “time” for “progress to be made, with the position of strength of the Generalitat.”
Although the Chief Executive has told him that the State will never negotiate the holding of a referendum or the Amnesty Law that Catalonia is demanding, Pere Aragonès has argued that “there are proposals on how to make a referendum possible within the constitutional framework.” And it is not satisfied with any other formula that is not that of a consultation on the independence or not of the region. It thus refuses to give a voice to the citizens on a reform of the Statute, as proposed by the socialists.
From the Galería Gótica Aragonès he has reiterated that “the referendum is about the independence of Catalonia, it must be decided by Catalonia.” After noting the differences between the two administrations, which prevent progress in this regard, Aragonès acknowledges that “our positions are distant.” That is precisely why, the Catalan president added, “the negotiation process is necessary.”
On the controversy surrounding the expansion of the El Prat airport, which has been suspended due to lack of trust with the Government, Aragonès has assured that they have tiptoed over the issue. He explained that “I believe that the positions of the Spanish government and Aena have been very clear” and has reaffirmed that “any improvement of our infrastructures must take into account climate change.”