You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

Catalan leader Puigdemont seeks two-month reprieve for talks with Spain

Last week, Puigdemont made an ambiguous announcement, saying he accepted the mandate for 'Catalonia to become an independent state'

AFP | PTI  |  Barcelona 

Catalonia
: People with Catalan flags gather during a rally in Barcelona, Spain | Photo: AP | PTI

Catalonia's separatist leader on Monday told the central government he wanted to "suspend" initiating steps towards independence for two months to start talks with

His comments came as the deadline set by to clarify his intentions for the Spanish region came to a close.


Puigdemont last week made an ambiguous announcement, saying he accepted the mandate for "Catalonia to become an independent state" following a banned referendum, in which separatist leaders say 90 per cent opted to split from -- even if more than half of eligible voters stayed home.

But he immediately suspended that declaration pending talks with

In a letter to Prime Minister today, Puigdemont wrote that his "suspension of the political mandate given by the polls on October 1 demonstrates our firm will to find a solution and not confrontation."

He added that "for the next two months, our main objective is to bring you to dialogue."

But he did not clarify whether or not he had declared independence last week.

has previously said it refuses to negotiate on and has threatened to take drastic measures like suspending the region's autonomy if Puigdemont presses ahead with independence.

First Published: Mon, October 16 2017. 17:15 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU