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Adams calls for dialogue and mediation between Spain and Catalonia

5 October, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this evening held a twenty minute phone conversation with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont during which the Catalan leader briefed the Sinn Féin leader on the current situation.

Gerry Adams said:

“The only way to end any dispute, particularly one as complex as this, is through inclusive dialogue and mediation.

“President Puigdemont assured me that he and his government stand ready to talk. That has always been their priority.

“I would urge the Spanish government to begin dialogue with the government of Catalonia as a way of defusing the increasing tension and as the only real way of finding a resolution.

“I would especially call on the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to us violent means.

“The imperative must be to use peaceful methods to find an agreement”.

The Sinn Féin leader called on the international community “to urgently intervene and support the call for dialogue and mediation. There is an onus especially on the European Union to take an initiative and propose mediation between the Spanish State and Catalonia.” 

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