Torra and Sánchez agree to meet on February 26, 2020



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After Torra refused to meet on February 24, the Sánchez government has accepted the date proposed by the Generalitat.


Pedro Sánchez and Quim Torra / EiTB

The dialogue table meeting between the Government of Spain and the Generalitat of Catalonia will be the February 26, Tuesday afternoon, after a tug of war in which both executives have shown their disagreements about the process to agree on a date to meet.

In a letter sent this Thursday to the president of the Generalitat, the head of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, has informed you that you accept that date for the meeting. Previously, the president of the Generalitat, Quim Roast, had sent a letter to Sánchez informing him that, for scheduling reasons, can’t meet him next Monday, the 24th, as proposed by Moncloa, and proposes four alternative dates: on February 21, 26, 27 and 28.

Finally, the Government of Spain, as Moncloa announced in a statement, He has accepted the second of those dates to hold the meeting of the dialogue table.

“The teams, as you know, have been in permanent communication, so it seems perfect to be able to convene the first session of the Dialogue Table next Wednesday, February 26 in the afternoon, at the Palacio de la Moncloa,” says Sánchez .

In the letter, the Chief Executive emphasizes that he has the “sincere willingness to dialogue and agree” and he proposes to “restart” the dialogue “at the moment in which the paths parted and the arguments stopped being heard”.

Meeting contents

Previously, Torra has sent another letter to Sánchez in which he reproaches him for raising a date “unilaterally” without having “agreed” on it. In the text, Torra also details the contents that the Generalitat plans to bring to the dialogue table between governments, such as the demand for an international mediator or the recognition of self-determination exercise.

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The President of the Generalitat has sent this letter to Sánchez after the Presidency of the Government proposed the date of February 24 for constitute the dialogue table between governments, a decision that was criticized by the Generalitat, which reproached the Prime Minister for raising “unilaterally“a date without first having” agreed “it with the Catalan president.

In his letter, Torra regrets that this dialogue “don’t start off on the right foot“and reiterates that” making proposals for a meeting date through the media without having previously agreed on them on the agenda of the two parties is not the way to show that an honest and fruitful dialogue is wanted. “

“You and I were at the meeting at the Palau de la Generalitat that the date, as well as the place of the meeting and the agenda, would be set through technical teams designated by both,” says Torra, who is willing to specify these questions “the sooner the better“.

Explain what “for personal and private reasons“of his agenda, which his cabinet already communicated to Moncloa before the proposal of February 24 was made public, that day”it’s not possible“That the first meeting of the dialogue table be held.

“So I was even more surprised that he announced a proposal made 20 minutes before to my team, “laments Torra.” We are prepared to begin the negotiation, “says Torra, who is also advancing the content proposal that the Catalan delegation will bring to the meeting.

Inside of the content section For the resolution of the political conflict, the Generalitat raises two points: the “recognition and exercise of the right of self-determination of Catalonia” and the “end of the repression, amnesty and reparation”.

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At the point of favorable conditions for negotiation, Torra includes three demands: a work schedule, the “recognition of all the parties in conflict, including prison and exile”, and a validation system and the proposal of an international mediation.

In fact, the discrepancies between JxCat and ERC regarding the demand for an international mediator have put into question the calendar of the future dialogue table on Catalonia in recent days.

While JxCat insists that there be a mediator in the future table, ERC asks not to make it a condition sine qua non, in view of the categorical refusal of the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

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