Catalonia Will Apply Referendum Law Calling for Independence Declaration, Says Leader

Catalonia Will Apply Referendum Law Calling for Independence Declaration, Says Leader

Kofi Annan, in his role as chairman of The Elders, a group of notable public figures formed in 2007 to promote peace, said, "The constitutional crisis that is unfolding in Spain calls for consultation and not confrontation".

Those who are opposed to Catalonia's secession hope recent pressure from banks and major businesses will discourage Catalan leaders from attempting to separate.

Hundreds of thousands of unionists took to the streets of Barcelona at the weekend to protest against the region breaking away. "The ideal would be not to have to take drastic measures", he said.

"Many people stayed home and didn't vote (Sunday) so the whole question of the mandate that he would have in speaking before that Parliament and declaring independence would be challenged". He says he will address the regional parliament on Tuesday " to report on the current political situation".

Sanchez told reporters in Barcelona that "the same way that we are offering our hand for a dialogue, we will also support the state's response if coexistence among Spaniards is broken unilaterally". "This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics", France's European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau said.

France, which borders Catalonia, said on Monday it would not recognize a unilateral independence declaration.

"We will show these minoritarian secessionists that Spain is a modern country", Nobel Literature Prize victor Mario Vargas Llosa said in a speech at the end of the rally.

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While a declaration of independence is not certain, the separatist coalition government in Catalonia is fiercely debating the next steps towards independence after winning the region's controversial vote for secession.

Around 350,000 people attended the demonstration, according to local police, and 950,000, according to the organizers.

Spain's President Rajoy has said he would use all lawful means to keep Spain intact. "We'll do everything that legislation allows to ensure that". "I believe we know what Spaniards think, and they should know that the government too is clear about what it has to do".

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday he would not rule out suspending Catalonia's autonomous status in the event it claimed independence , marking the premier's first remarks since last week's controversial referendum.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria made what she called "an appeal to sensible people inside the Catalan government not to fling itself into the abyss".

Catalans wake up on Tuesday to what could be a momentous day in their history as the world waits to see whether the region will proclaim its independence from Spain.

Marta Pascal, general coordinator of the pro-independence Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) Party in the ruling coalition, told BBC on Monday that the declaration would be symbolic.

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