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Catalan leader criticizes Spain's king, calls for mediation to resolve crisis

Catalan leader criticizes Spain's king, calls for mediation to resolve crisis
From CBC - October 4, 2017

Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday he was in favour of mediation to find a way out of the Catalan crisis, but the Spanish government has not agreed.

"This moment calls for mediation. We have received various offers in the last hours and we will receive more. All of them know I am ready to start a mediation process," he said in a televised address. "I will repeat it as many times as necessary: dialogue and agreement are part of the political culture of our people, however, the state has not given any positive answer to those offers," he said.

Puigdemontcalled the government of Prime MinisterMarianoRajoy"irresponsible" for not accepting mediation in the deadlock.

Rajoy'soffice replied in a statement that, "If Mr.Puigdemont wants to talk or negotiate, or wants to send mediators, he know perfectly what he first needs to do: go back to the law."

The Catalan parliament is expected to unilaterally declare independence from Spain next Monday after a referendum that the Spanish government and courts have declared illegal.

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