Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Spanish PM will "read with utmost attention" Catalan President Mas' referendum request

Originally published in VilaWeb on July 2, 2013

The Catalan government will not send the letter to international organizations, as ERC had requested

The president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, “will receive and read with utmost attention”, when it arrives, the letter from Catalan President Artur Mas, which will ask that a referendum on independence be held in Catalonia. That's what Rajoy said in a conversation without microphones with journalists in the hallways of the Spanish Congress. At any rate, he will not make any declarations about the format of the response that he will give, if any. He also said that he would have preferred that there not be a photograph of the Camp Nou full of people in favor of independence.

Mariano Rajoy doesn't want to give any advance notice or add any new elements to the debate on the referendum in Catalonia, and will wait for Artur Mas’ letter to get to him—in which five possible ways of celebrating a referendum will be described—in order to decide what kind of response he will give to the Catalan President's petition. According to his comments, Rajoy will first “receive” the letter and then he will “read it with utmost attention”.

For his part the Executive Councilor of the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, said today that Mas’ letter to Rajoy will not be forwarded to international organizations, like the EU or UN, as requested by Esquerra Republicana. “It should not be sent to international organizations. It's for the Spanish president, and is an attempt at opening a dialogue. We are already educating international organizations and telling them things,” said Homs.

The government spokesperson did say, however, that the letter would be made public.

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