Pedro Sánchez does not believe that judging Carles Puigdemont is a good idea. He expressed this today in a press conference at the Representation of Spain to the United Nations, where he is participating in the meetings of the General Assembly of the organization.
“We have respected the work and work of Justice. We have always done that. I also say, and I have always commented, that a political crisis never had to lead to judicial action. I remember that when the President of the Government Mariano Rajoy and the attorney general at the time, José Manuel Maza, opened the door to all these judicial cases through the National Court, I conveyed my discomfort to Mr. Rajoy.” The president declared that “what we have done during these four years” has been “trying to return to politics what should never have left politics.”
These statements by Sánchez seem to be a continuation of those he made on Tuesday in an informal meeting with the media in New York, when he stated that “I will speak when it’s my turn” but raised a scenario in Catalonia in which the defenders of the celebration of a unilateral referendum they ran the risk of being politically isolated, so it was better for them to negotiate.
Today Sánchez has been clearer when explaining that “I am going to be consistent with the policy that I have made of normalization and stabilization of the political situation in Catalonia, in short, I am saying a lot. There are the facts, which are absolutely indisputable. Catalonia is much better than in 2017. We found ourselves in a traumatic, torn situation, with a Parliament that ignored the Constitution.”
The acting president made these statements just after journalists asked him if it is true that, as stated by the leader of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), Oriol Junqueras, the amnesty has already been agreed since last month. “Talks can be discreet, but agreements must be transparent,” he said. Only if the investiture of Alberto Núñez Feijóo fails – which Sánchez took for granted – and King Felipe VI entrusts him with the formation of a new Government “will I speak with total frankness and transparency about what the main lines of a hypothetical administration led by the Socialist Party”. Only then “I am going to dedicate myself body and soul to achieving a true investiture. Whatever I have to say, I will say from that moment on.” If an agreement is reached, “the objective of my Government for the next four years is progress and coexistence. The method will be dialogue with social agents in everything that has to do with progress, with territorial actors in everything that has to do with coexistence and the framework will be the Constitution,” he concluded.