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Spain refuses talks until Catalonia toes the line

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:18

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Catalonia's leader again pushing for mediation with Spain. (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) CATALAN PRESIDENT CARLES PUIGDEMONT SAYING: "I will repeat it as many times as necessary: peace, dialogue and agreement are part of the political culture of our people." Carles Puigdemont reaching out in the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's (October 1) independence referendum and receiving a quick response from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who called on Catalonia to, quote, 'return to the path of the law' before any negotiations can begin. Spain has been ruptured by Catalonia's decision to push ahead with the banned independence referendum. Some 900 people were injured after clashing with heavy-handed police on polling day an event which sparked a street protest of thousands on Tuesday (October 3) demonstrating against the violence. The Catalan parliament is expected to unilaterally declare independence from Spain next Monday (October 9), despite the fact it won't be recognized domestically, or internationally. Outside Catalonia most Spaniards appear strongly opposed to its independence - and the European Union has once again called on the two sides to talk, saying it has no plans to wade into what many see as an internal matter.

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Spain refuses talks until Catalonia toes the line

Thursday, October 05, 2017 - 01:18