Arriving at this historic moment,
and as President of the Generalitat I take it upon myself to say,
in presenting to you the results of the referendum
before Parliament and our co-citizens,
that the people have determined that Catalonia
should become an independent state in the form of a republic.
That is what needs to be done today, responsibly and with respect.
In with the same solemnity,
the Government and I myself propose that the
Parliament suspends the effects of the declaration
of independence so that in the coming weeks we may begin
a dialogue without which it is impossible
to arrive at an agreed solution.
We firmly believe that this moment needs
not only a de-escalation of tension but
also a clear and committed willingness to advance
the claims of the people of Catalonia from
the results of the 1st of October.
We must keep these results in mind during the period of dialogue
which we are willing to open.
It is well-known that since the referendum different
mediation initiatives have been put in place,
regarding dialogue and negotiation and at national,
state and international level. Some of these are publicly known,
while others are not known yet.
All are serious attempts, and were difficult to imagine
happening just a short time ago.
The cries for dialogue and for no violence have
been heard from all corners of the globe;
yesterday’s declaration by a group
of eight Nobel Peace Prize winners;
the declaration the group The Elders led
by the ex-secretary general of the United Nations
Kofi Annan and made up of people of great world relevance;
the positions of Presidents and
Prime Ministers of European countries, European political leaders…
There’s a prayer for dialogue which runs through Europe,
because Europe already feels interrupted by the effects
of what could happen with a bad resolution of this conflict.
All of these voices deserve to be listened to.
And all, without exception,
have asked that we open a time to give dialogue
with the Spanish state a chance.
That is also what needs to be done today,
responsibly and with respect.
In finishing, I call on the responsibility of everyone.
To the citizens of Catalonia,
I ask that we continue to express ourselves
as we have done up to now, with freedom and with respect
fro those who think differently.
To companies and economic stakeholders,
I ask that they continue to generate wealth and not fall
into the temptation to use their power to influence the population.
To the political parties,
I ask that they contribute with their words
and actions to lower the tension.
I also ask this of the media. To the Spanish government,
I ask that they listen, not to us if they don’t want,
but to those who advocate for mediation
and to the international community,
and to the millions of citizens around
Spain who ask that they renounce repression and imposition.
To the European Union,
I ask that they get deeply
involved and hold up the fundamental values of the Union.
Today the Government of Catalonia makes
a gesture of responsibility and generosity,
and again reaches out its hand in dialogue.
I’m convinced that, if in the coming days everyone
acts with the same responsibility and fulfils their obligations,
the conflict between Catalonia and the
Spanish state can be resolved in a
manner that is serene and with accord,
respecting the will of the people.
For us, this will not stop here.
Because we want to be true to our long history,
to all who suffered and made sacrifices,
and because we want a future of dignity for our children,
for all those people who want to make
Catalonia their land of welcome and hope.
Thank you very much.
*Carles Puigdemont Casamajó, President of the Catalan Government