Government working for international 'mediation,' says foreign minister
Ernest Maragall claims if prosecuted leaders are found guilty, protests need to "step up"
The Catalan government is working with "discretion" to get international mediation in order to find a way out of the Catalan crisis, foreign minister Ernest Maragall said on Friday morning.
He stated that the cabinet is aiming to involve mediators, who could be "certain countries, the European institutions, the United Nations and groups of prestigious people."
Maragall believes Spain is also working to make such mediation possible.
He said Madrid is trying to persuade the other EU members that "there is a new Socialist government willing to negotiate facing an uncompromising Catalan society."
Yet he emphasized that the Catalan executive has a "clear but not naïve" intention to engage in talks with Spain.
"Does this mean giving up the unilateral path to independence? In terms of immediate political perspective, yes; as a final aim, no"
Ernest Maragall · Catalan foreign minister
"Does this mean giving up the unilateral path to independence? In terms of immediate political perspective, yes; in historical and national terms, and as a final aim, no," he claimed.
For him, in the event that some 20 Catalan leaders to be tried in the near future are found guilty, protests in the streets need to "step up."
A week before the first reopening of a Catalan delegation abroad after the former Spanish government closed down all but one, Maragall also said that these offices "will represent the cause of the [Catalan] Republic."
"At the same time, these delegations will be in touch with countries regarding what Europe we want," he added.