October 7, 2022

JxCat and ERC lower the tone and give each other more space to negotiate peace

Barcelona, ​​​​September 22 (EFE).- The leaders of JxCat and ERC have lowered the tone of their crossed statements and given themselves more leeway to reach an agreement that will allow them to keep the governing coalition, without the pressure of political debate generally by Parliament between 27 and 30 September.

Over the past two weeks, leaders of both sides have held discreet meetings in the Palau de Pedralbes to reconcile positions, despite warnings from JxCat, which has set three conditions for signing peace with ERC.

The three conditions – reactivation of a “general staff” of the processes that outline a new roadmap for independence, unity of action in Madrid and negotiations on amnesty and self-determination at the dialogue table with the state – are included in the government agreement that ERC and JxCat last years have been sealed, but have not been met.

Since early September, JxCat has been warning its partners that if these three points are not met, their continuity in government will be meaningless.

In any case, Junts’ continuity in government will be decided by its militancy in a consultation, in accordance with terms set by the party’s national council, which training sources say could meet around October 20.

JxCat’s urgency to clarify its future — there are powerful sectors within the party defending leaving government — led its leaders to call on the ERC to seek a deal before the general policy debate, but Republicans accepted the pressure not well and, last Saturday, Oriol Junqueras came to accuse Junts and PSC of historically “covering up” their corruption cases.

Faced with a finding that tensions between the two government partners were only growing, and following closed-door warnings from the ERC that they will not “give in to blackmail or ultimatums,” JxCat has changed the tone of its statements in the latest to dawn.

JxCat chair Laura Borràs denied on Tuesday that next week’s general policy debate is an “ultimatum” for the ERC to accept Junts’ terms.

JxCat sources consulted by Efe confirm that the “ultimatum” to find out whether the coalition can be saved is not the general policy debate, but the consultation Junts will hold this fall.

Rather than fuel the feeling that JxCat could go to the opposition, government vice president Jordi Puigneró emphasized this Thursday that both he and his party have a “government vocation”, so they are working to close the deal. to make possible.

After the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, announced yesterday that he will make a “broad proposal for self-determination” in the general policy debate, Puigneró has indicated that JxCat is “waiting” to hear about that proposal to see if it is possible to to join her.

The deputy general secretary and spokesperson of the ERC, Marta Vilalta, celebrated from Parliament on Thursday that JxCat “no longer talks about ultimatums”.

Vilalta stressed that the lack of an ultimatum allows the general policy debate to focus on “responding to the most basic needs of citizens” and “prioritising”, for example taking measures to tackle inflation.

“It’s the best we can do for the government: be useful, help people,” noted Vilalta, who has demanded “respect, responsibility and loyalty” from his partners, “to guide the government, rather than give it to it.” to fall or destabilize”.

On the other hand, following the image of division displayed by the independence movement at the September 11 Diada, due to the absence of ERC from the ANC demonstration, for the fifth anniversary of the 1-O unilateral referendum, this year a unitary act at the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona where Esquerra will be present.

Former President of Parliament Carme Forcadell and former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont will lead the speeches at the event.

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