Aragonès does not get off the referendum and Sánchez offers to negotiate "without haste or deadlines"

The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, after meeting with the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has stated that, in relation to the demands of independence, “the positions are very far apart.” That is, although there is no consensus for now to advance the referendum and the amnesty law that Aragonès requires, Sánchez calls on ERC to continue talking «without haste, but without pause and without deadlines ». The leader of the PSOE celebrates that “two hours of meeting supposes a willingness to seek solutions based on dialogue” that, according to him, allow to verify “multiple advances” that he has not detailed.

After “expressing on behalf of Spanish society affection and respect for Catalonia”, the president reiterated “the Government’s commitment to dialogue”. “It was worth it” the meeting with Pere Aragonès, has assured, with the hope that in the coming years “Catalonia will lead the great challenges” of transformation that the country has.

After “a lost decade”, Sánchez denounced, “the dialogue table is the best way to find agreed solutions”. The president recalls that “Catalonia’s problems did not begin yesterday nor will they be resolved tomorrow.”

In line with what he reported on Monday in an interview on Spanish Television, he has claimed to maintain that dialogue “without haste, but without pause and without deadlines.” It should be remembered that ERC has always talked about a two-year margin to find a consensual solution before returning to one-sidedness.

In a meeting of almost two hours, the two presidents spoke on different issues. One of the issues that Aragonès has placed on the table as an inalienable condition has been the holding of a referendum or the amnesty law required by the independence movement. Although the president assures that “I have listened very carefully”Both issues are not currently on the government’s agenda. In this sense, he emphasizes that “the positions are very far apart.”

The Prime Minister has warned Pere Aragonès that “dialogue between Catalans cannot be postponed.” In this sense, Sánchez demands “to work in a common future”. According to the socialist leader “reunion is the key.” “Listen, broaden the horizon with economic, social and infrastructural growth and with a resounding commitment from the Government of Spain to the citizens of Catalonia,” says the Chief Executive, his cabinet will work.

Sánchez has avoided entering into the controversy over the Catalan president’s veto of the Junts per Catalunya delegation made up of party leaders who are not members of the Government. He has pointed out that he respects the decision of the ERC leader when setting up the team that would accompany him to the meeting of the negotiating table that has resumed after a year and a half since the last meeting.

No consensus for the airport

The meeting of Pedro Sánchez and Pere Aragonès has also served the Chief Executive to verify that “in the opinion of the Government there is no mature position on the part of the Government” regarding the project to expand the El Prat airport. Despite the criticism received from the Generalitat, says the socialist leader “the expansion is parked because the necessary consensus does not exist.” She was the Minister of Transport, Rachel Sanchez Jimenez, a few days ago, the one that announced the suspension of the project that had the rejection of Podemos.

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