6 October 2017
We call to avoid unilateral actions in the Catalan crisis. It is time for dialogue.
Commenting on the escalating tension between the central Spanish government and the Catalan government, European Green Party co-chairs Reinhard Bütikofer and Monica Frassoni said:
“Seeing the risk of escalation of the situation in Catalonia, especially in view of the recent developments concerning the meeting of the Catalan Parliament next Tuesday, the European Greens call upon all sides to step back from the brink and start looking for political ways out from an increasingly dangerous situation.
“We call to avoid any kind of unilateral action from either side, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence or more measures to undermine Catalan autonomy. None of the sides should take any steps that could increase divisions and tension. It is time to talk. Only a political solution based on dialogue, not repression or accomplished facts, can solve this crisis.
“We are aware and supportive of all citizens’ initiatives aimed at easing tensions and at avoiding an open and irreversible crisis. We also reiterate our call for the EU to take a more active role in this conflict.”