The dialogue table on Catalonia between the Spanish Government and the Generalitat will meet every month and alternatively in Madrid and Barcelona, as agreed in the first meeting of this forum held this Wednesday at the Palacio de la Moncloa.
In a joint statement, both parties have valued today’s meeting in which the foundations of the dialogue have been laid, addressing some methodological aspects and the “political nature of the conflict” has been confirmed and that it requires a “political solution”.
“Both delegations agree that the table of governments is an instrument to convey a solution and, therefore, they have begun to continue working to promote the dialogue, negotiation and agreement“, they assure.
In any case, adds the joint statement, any agreement that is adopted within the table will be formulated “within the framework of the legal security“.
After this first meeting, which was attended by the two presidents, Pedro Sánchez and Quim Torra, and several vice presidents of both governments, a new “workgroup” made up of a delegation from each party.
The presidents and vice presidents will join the table when it is necessary to ratify political agreements, unless one of the parties decides another composition.
The president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has advocated isolating the dialogue table from any event “that may affect it”, be it the next Catalan elections or the processing of the general state budgets.
The Catalan president has valued that it has been a “open debate and with freedom of approach “, as well as” honest and frank “, although he has said that he has not obtained what he wanted from the Sánchez executive:” We still do not know what the response of the Government of Spain to the Catalan political conflict is. “
The differencesAccording to Torra, they lie in the ways of solving the conflict, which for the president of the Generalitat “arises from a denial of fundamental rights” such as freedom of expression and assembly, where he has requested amnesty for political prisoners, and ” above all the right of self-determination of the peoples “.
“A path of dialogue begins,” he assured to report that the next meeting will be in Barcelona in March. “The important thing was to start this table”, since, as he highlighted, there is “a commitment“of the Spanish Government” to politically resolve the conflict. “
The head of the Spanish Executive, Pedro Sánchez, has transferred to the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, that the Government does not share the right of self-determination to which the Catalan leader has invoked.
This has been advanced by the Government spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, at the press conference after the meeting of the table.
Despite the requests of the Generalitat, Montero has also insisted that the Government does not see the need for the figure of a reporter after a meeting in which both parties have noted the differences that separate them and the complexity of a negotiation for which they have opted for “imaginative formulas”.
For Montero, the important thing is to make progress in institutional relations with a new climate of “sincerity” after years in which there have only been “reproaches”.
“The option of doing nothing or looking the other way has already been tried and is counterproductive,” remarked the Government spokesperson, who has opted for “loosening” and “stitching up the wounds” from the “empathy” and the “ability to understand”.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.