'The possibility of being jailed exists,' says Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs
Romeva says snap election isn’t “on the table” while Spanish government demands it in order not to suspend Catalonia’s self-government
The Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, said that he isn’t ruling out the possibility that he, along with the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, might both be jailed. Speaking at the same international press conference in Brussels, Romeva highlighted that “the possibility exists,” and asked if it’s something the European Union could live with. “Our concern is that this could happen today in the European Union,” he said.
Regarding Spain’s call for snap elections in order not to suspend Catalonia’s self-government, the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that it isn’t “on the table” because “it’s not in the plans of the party.” "The program is clear. We went to the elections in 2015 and 1.9 million people voted for parties defending the right of Catalonia to be an independent state,” he added.
During his speech, Romeva also spoke of the imprisonment of the presidents of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Jordi Sànchez, and the Òmnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart. The Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to both of them as "political prisoners."
"What happens in Catalonia will have long-lasting effects on Europe’s economy, values and credibility"
Raül Romeva · Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs
Catalan situation affects “all Europeans”
He explained that the Spanish government "tries to frighten" anyone who might be pro-independence and highlighted that the Catalan political situation affects “all Europeans”. "What happens in Catalonia will have long-lasting effects on Europe’s economy, values and credibility," he stated.
"Politics are done through dialogue and negotiation," warned Romeva. In his speech, he also noted the Catalan government’s “failed” attempts to have "direct" negotiation with Spain.
When asked about mediation offers, Romeva pointed out that the Catalan government has received “several.” “If someone can facilitate the dialogue, we are prepared, but it doesn’t depend on us,” he said. “We are not the ones who ask for mediation, we ask for a negotiation,” he stressed.