Netizen 24 NGA: Spain's PM rejects mediation with Catalonia and demands 'end to division'

Spain's PM rejects mediation with Catalonia and demands 'end to division' Spain's PM urges Catalonia leaders to clarify stat...

Spain's PM rejects mediation with Catalonia and demands 'end to division'

Spain's PM urges Catalonia leaders to clarify status and threatens direct rule
Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont signs an independence declaration document after a parliamentary session in Barcelona (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont signs an independence declaration document after a parliamentary session in Barcelona (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has demanded that the leader of Catalon ia clarify whether he has declared the region's independence.

In doing so, he issued a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has.

Mr Rajoy said Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's response would be crucial in deciding "events over the coming days".

The prime minister's remarks on Wednesday marked the first time Mr Rajoy has openly said invoking a section of the Spanish Constitution that allows the government to assert control over regions would be the next step, if Catalan authorities do not backtrack.

The central government "wants to offer certainty to citizens" and it was "necessary to return tranquillity and calm", he said following a special cabinet meeting.

Mr Rajoy's demand was in response to Mr Puigdemont's announcement that he was proceeding with a declaration of independence following the disputed secession referendum Catalo nia held on October 1, but suspending the move for several weeks to facilitate negotiations.

Speaking in parliament later on Wednesday, the prime minister said the referendum was part of a strategy "to impose independence that few want and is good for nobody".

The ensuing crisis, he said, was "one of the most difficult times in our recent history".

Mr Rajoy said Catalan authorities broke the law by holding the referendum and incited street protests to give an appearance of legitimacy to the vote.

He did not refer to the violence with which police cracked down on voting day but said "nobody can be proud of the image" Spain projected, adding the only ones to blame were the separatist leaders.

Catalan lawyers, civil society groups and politicians in Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain have offered to mediate between the two sides, but the prime minister rejected the offers while thanking those who made them.

"There is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience and unlawfulness," Mr Rajoy said.

In a highly anticipated speech Tuesday night, Mr Puigdemont said the landslide victory in the disputed referendum gave his government in the regional capital, Barcelona, the grounds to implement its long-held desire to break century-old ties with Spain.

But he proposed the regional parliament suspend the declaration's effects to leave room for dialogue and to help reduce tensions surrounding Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

The central government in Madrid has given little indication it is willing to talk, saying it did not accept the declaration and did not consider the referendum or its results to be valid.

Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution allows the central government to take some or total control of any of its 17 regions if they do not comply with their legal obligations.

This would begin with a Cabinet meeting and a warning to the regional government to fall into line.

Then, the Senate could be called to approve the measure.

About 2.3 million Catalans, or 43% of the electorate in the wealthy northeastern region, voted in the referendum.

Regional authorities said 90% were in favour and declared the results valid.

Those who opposed the referendum had said they would boycott the vote.

Mr Rajoy's government had repeatedly refused to grant Catalonia permission to hold a referendum on the grounds it was unconstitutional, since it would only poll a portion of Spain's 46 million residents.

Catalonia's separatist camp has grown in recent years, strengthened by Spain's recent economic crisis and by Madrid's rejection of attempts to increase self-rule in the region.

The political deadlock has plunged Spain into its deepest political crisis in more than four decades, since democratic rule was restored fol lowing the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez offered a compromise of sorts.

He said his party and Mr Rajoy's People's Party had agreed to renegotiate the laws that provide certain areas of autonomy to Spain's 17 regions, including Catalonia.

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