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Catalonia wants declaration of "interdependence, not independence"


brussels bureau

Catalonia wants declaration of "interdependence, not independence"

Carles Puigdemont was elected as head of Spain’s Catalonia region in January last year on a platform of delivering independence.

He has promised a referendum on that issue by September 2017 at the latest.

During a visit to Brussels, he spoke to euronews’ Sergio Cantone, who started by asking him what he hoped to achieve.

Carles Puigdemont: It is not my objective today, when I am here in Brussels now, to be received by the representatives. The time will come when I will ask for a meeting and I expect, as has happened with other leaders from the European regions, to be received by the highest authorities and speak freely and openly about Catalonia

Euronews: Do not you think that the word referendum, the word separation today in Europe frightens other countries, and the EU institutions?

Carles Puigdemont: It should be noted that the first time the referendum word was associated with something governments opposes is when citizenship is expressed in a manner contrary to the interests of states.

Euronews: Would you agree to find a new form, bearing in mind Spanish constitutional reforms, of coexistence between Catalonia and the rest of Spain?

Carles Puigdemont: When the status of the autonomy of Catalonia was modified it was within the constitutional framework, it was a compromise to remain part of Spain and to have better relations than we have today . But in all these remarks Spain’s answer has always been the same: no. Spain has always said “No”. Now, if Spain after always saying “no”, says “we are ready to talk”, we always said we are ready to listen. I do not want to make a declaration of independence. I want to make a declaration of interdependence, because we must accept that in the twenty-first century the relations between states must be based on cooperation.