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Puigdemont does not rule out attending Parliament debate

"I’m working to be there in order to start a debate with the rest of the representatives, in order to start a dialogue with the Spanish authorities," says the Catalan leader

 

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23 January 2018 01:22 PM

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ACN | Copenhagen

Carles Puigdemont stated that he does not rule out attending the Catalan Parliament investiture debate. He said that he is “working to be there in order to start a debate with the rest of the representatives”, as well as to “start a dialogue with the Spanish authorities”.  In fact, he urged the Spanish government to respect the outcome of the last election, in which Puigdemont’s candidacy was the most voted pro-independence party, and to start a dialogue and a negotiation process.

After a meeting with Danish MPs in the Danish Parliament, he insisted that the political situation in Catalonia is not a domestic issue, as “it affects Europe”. During the meeting, he stated that he had a “political discussion” with Danish MPs, and highlighted that he is not able to do so in the Catalan Parliament because he would be arrested. “If I entered the Catalan Parliament now, I would be arrested. This wouldn’t help solve problem. Dialogue and negotiation are the best tools to solve the problem,” he noted.

 

  • “If I entered the Catalan Parliament now, I would be arrested. This wouldn’t help solve problem"

    Carles Puigdemont · Catalan president

The Catalan president, deposed after Madrid’s takeover of Catalonia's self-government, pointed out that there is “a great majority” of MPs who want him to be nominated to be the candidate for president in the investiture debate. In a normal situation, he should be able to go back to Catalonia. "My return to Barcelona would not only be good news for Catalans, but for Spaniards as well. It’d be a first step toward restoring democracy," he said. 

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  • Carles Puigdemont meets Danish MPs in Danish Parliament (by ACN)

  • Carles Puigdemont meets Danish MPs in Danish Parliament (by ACN)

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