The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, is rejecting the offer sent by the President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, to meet in Barcelona, to coincide with the former’s trip to the Catalan capital on November 29. According to Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, the leader of Rajoy’s party in Catalonia, “it is not the time” for such a meeting. In addition, she also said that making the offer in a press conference through the Catalan Government’s Spokesperson “is not the way” of doing things. In a press conference from Madrid, the Catalan leader of the People’s Party (PP) also pointed out that Rajoy is travelling to Barcelona “to attend a party rally”.
|Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy |
and Catalan President Mas (stock photo)
During the weekend, the Spanish PM had announced his trip to Catalonia as being in order “to better explain himself” and talk to Catalans after November 9’s symbolic vote on independence. The Catalan Government invited Rajoy to hold a meeting with Mas as well in order to set institutional dialogue once again. Rajoy is refusing to discuss self-determination and according to Sánchez-Camacho he should only talk with Catalan representatives about the same things he would talk about in the other Autonomous Communities.
Besides, from the PP's headquarters in Madrid, Sánchez-Camacho urged the Director of the Spanish Public Prosecution Office to “defend the law, democracy and the rule of law” by filing the judicial complaint against the Catalan President for authorising November 9’s vote. Furthermore, she also added that “everybody is equal” in front of justice. Sánchez-Camacho announced such a complaint a week ago, before the Public Prosecution Office had said so. In fact, many political parties and the Catalan Government have criticised the PP for not respecting the “separation of powers” and for pressuring the Public Prosecution Office.
Furthermore, the Catalan Executive regrets that the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has not made any political proposal in his answer to the letter sent by the Catalan President, Artur Mas, after November 9’s symbolic vote on independence. On Monday evening, Rajoy answered Mas’ letter and highlighted that Spain’s “sovereignty” cannot be negotiated, therefore rejecting the possibility of any discussion about a mutually-agreed referendum on Catalonia’s independence. Coinciding with Rajoy’s trip to Barcelona, scheduled on November 29, the Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, stated on Tuesday that Mas “would be delighted to welcome Rajoy at the Generalitat Palace”. Read more...