October 7, 2022

Puigdemont says there is no ultimatum for ERC, but asks that it complies with what has been “signed”

Vienna, Sept. 22 (EFE).- Former President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont has today assured that his party, JxCat, has not issued an ultimatum to the ERC, but has insisted that its government partners must abide by what has been signed .

“It’s not an ultimatum. We have signed this, which is not respected and it is time to do something,” assured Puigdemont at a conference at the Central European University in Vienna.

“I am not the chairman of the party and I do not want to interfere in the talks between Esquerra and Junts, but it is normal for Junts to demand respect for the agreement,” he insisted.

Puigdemont has stated that the two parties have agreed to negotiate a political solution with the Spanish state, coordinate the efforts of the two parliamentary groups in the Spanish Parliament and “work together to create a new united leadership on how the next steps can be taken”.

The MEP has assured that “how the Catalan pro-independence movement should act should be decided together”.

“I hope this will ultimately be the response of the Esquerra Republicana. I think they will respect the contract. I have no doubt that, in the public interest, he will respect the agreement,” he said.

Puigdemont made these statements at a conference on sovereignty and sovereignty, before an audience of about 100 people, mostly CEU students and academics, in which he justified and explained the Catalan independence movement.

Puigdemont has referred to the illegal referendum on the independence of Catalonia, convened under his presidency and which will celebrate its fifth anniversary on 1 October, and has assured that that call was the result of the Spanish government’s refusal to agree on a consultation or new financing agreements.

“All attempts to improve our self-government failed. We had no other choice. The only option was to organize a referendum,” he assured.

Puigdemont has denied that the 2017 referendum was a failure, claiming it could launch the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence.

“We don’t need to call a new referendum or a new declaration of independence. The only way to organize a new referendum is if the Spanish authorities agree to agree a new and binding referendum with the Catalan government,” said Puigdemont.

Asked about the possibility of a radicalization of the independence movement, Puigdemont acknowledged that “there is always a risk”, but also assured that this sector is only a minority.

“There is no room for violence or radicalism,” he said.

“After five years of repression, there is anger and disappointment, even among Catalan institutions and politicians,” admitted Puigdemont, who assured that “the response is peaceful”.

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