The dialog table starts walking

BarcelonaDesprés de moltes anades i vingudes i d’una forta crisi interna a l’executiu català, la taula de diàleg ha començat a caminar amb la presència del president espanyol, Pedro Sánchez, al Palau de la Generalitat. As he himself remarked, his presence, which has been in doubt until the last minute, was the most important message, as it staged the Spanish government’s commitment to the idea that dialogue is the only way to resolve the political conflict. Catalan. Both he and the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, noted the huge difference that separates them and that it will be very difficult to reach an agreement, but they agreed on the recipe: negotiation without deadlines, that is, a dialogue that can face without the pressure of a deadline, with public meetings and others that will be more discreet, as the complexity of the conflict requires patience and perseverance.

However, Aragonés also stressed that the table must bear fruit – “concretions”, he said – that serve to “build trust” between the two parties. This means that what is a norm will be applied in all complex negotiation processes: start with the one where the positions are closest. It is, therefore, these small agreements that must create a favorable climate of trust before we can address the core of the conflict, which is to look for a formula that allows citizens to decide on what the future should be. politician of Catalonia.

It is clear that the PSOE government will not initially accept either the amnesty or the right to self-determination, which are the demands of the Catalan side. But it is true that independence does not currently have a clear alternative to achieve its goal, and that the international community is committed to a negotiated solution to the conflict. The Catalan side, therefore, must be strong in the idea of ​​dialogue and negotiation, and also in objectives that are widely shared by Catalan society, such as the end of repression and the referendum.

Sanchez, then, will have to make gestures if he wants the table, and with the table the support of ERC in Congress, to last over time. And remember that there are things that can be done within the law and that only depend on political will. As former Minister Ábalos said, the road needs to be “paved”, and today the biggest stones are lawsuits affecting thousands of people. Just yesterday, one of the members of the board, Councilor Roger Torrent, declared to the TSJC for an alleged crime of disobedience for having processed resolutions in favor of self-determination and against the monarchy. The test of loose cotton to see if Sanchez takes the negotiation seriously, then, will be to find concrete solutions to disable judicial repression and situations such as those affected by the embargoes of the Court of Auditors or exiles. The table will only survive if it is useful, because there is no shortage of opposites, inside and outside Catalonia.

Source: – Portada by

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