Aragonese retreats to the Island

So far Pedro Sánchez has ignored Pere Aragonès' rush to convene the dialogue table to resolve the Catalan conflict, as the president of the Generalitat himself has ignored Salvador Illa's request to gather a space for dialogue politician between Catalan parties.

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29 June 2022 Wednesday 03:55
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Aragonese retreats to the Island

So far Pedro Sánchez has ignored Pere Aragonès' rush to convene the dialogue table to resolve the Catalan conflict, as the president of the Generalitat himself has ignored Salvador Illa's request to gather a space for dialogue politician between Catalan parties. It is the proposal that the PSC has reiterated the most in this entire legislature, in almost all plenary sessions of Parliament, and after months of being ignored and even voted and rejected in committee and plenary session -the last time at the beginning of June-, today Aragonès has minimally opened the door to a possible meeting of this second table. In any case, the head of the Government has made his priority clear, which is none other than the dialogue table with Moncloa. "And above all, if we can resolve the political conflict with your support, it will be a step forward," he stressed.

"I ask again for what was a compromise that we reached, that a dialogue be opened between Catalans. Dialogue everywhere, in all formats. Also between Catalans," Illa remarked during this morning's control session in Parliament.

The president, for his part, has asked the first secretary of the Catalan socialists to send him a list of issues to be discussed: "Set a proposal for topics," Aragonès challenged Illa. The answer is scarce, but with a little more content than on other occasions, when the head of the Government had practically repeatedly ignored the proposal.

The reaction of the president of the Generalitat acquires more relevance if one takes into account that the dialogue table remains frozen and that the face-to-face meeting with Sánchez is still pending, which he demanded after the espionage case with Pegasus was made public to the pro-independence environment, to mid April. Aragonès claimed that vis-à-vis again on May 6, when they coincided in an act of the Cercle d'Economia in Barcelona. Since then there has only been one level of contact between the two executives, the meeting last week between the Minister of the Presidency, Laura Vilagrà, and her counterpart at Moncloa, Félix Bolaños.

The table of Catalan parties is not mandatory or a condition imposed by Moncloa or the PSOE to later meet the dialogue table agreed with ERC so that the Spanish and Catalan governments resolve the Catalan conflict, and where the pro-independence party demands a referendum and the amnesty But the PSC believes that convening this first space could facilitate the subsequent negotiation.

However, this space, an initiative of the PSC since 2018, has only been created three times, and all of them during the last legislature, with Quim Torra in the presidency of the Generalitat. The results were almost nil and the PP, Ciudadanos and the CUP always refused to appear. In any case, Illa has assured on occasion that the table of Catalan parties agreed to activate it with Esquerra during the negotiation for the investiture of Sánchez, together with the bilateral commissions between the State and the Generalitat, and the dialogue table.

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