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Spain says if Catalan leader wants talks he first needs to respect the law
October 4, 2017 / 8:30 PM / 18 days ago

Spain says if Catalan leader wants talks he first needs to respect the law

MADRID (Reuters) - If Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont wants talks or mediation with the central government over the region’s future, he first needs to respect the law, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

An Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) hangs from a wall as people watch Catalan President Carles Puigdemont making a televised statement at a bar in Barcelona, Spain, October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera

“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 statement said.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Adrian Croft

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