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At its last Congress, Liberal International expressed “regret that the Spanish Government has disregarded that 2,305,290 Catalans cast their vote on the future of their nation, yet instead chose to initiate prosecution proceedings against the Catalan President and two Catalan ministers.”
Reacting to the latest development, Secretary General Emil Kirjas recalled the policy of Liberal international which “encourages the government of Spain to respect the wishes of the people of Catalonia on all matters, including their autonomy and independence.” He said: “When a government has lost touch with reality over a certain territory for quite a while, it can very easily end up losing the [control over the] territory. Of course Artur Mas will come out stronger out of this judicial farce and theatre. He deserves all the support.”
In the Congress resolution, “Liberal International expresses confidence that the Catalan political process will continue to be conducted democratically and peacefully, supports the decisions taken by the Catalan people and calls for a political solution over the future of Catalonia.” Further, LI Congress “reiterates that the democratic model set by the governments in London and Edinburgh, where an agreement was reached between the two governments to hold a referendum to decide the political future of the Scottish nation, should be used as a positive example in the discussions between the governments in Madrid and Barcelona.”
Liberals outside of Spain have consistently reacted in line with the positions Liberal International adopted at the 59th Congress which state that “potential or future discussions between the two governments [in Madrid and Barcelona] should never imply the renunciation of the right of the Catalan people to decide their own future, granting that this is always set up through democratic means” and that the “European Union has to be flexible and strong to offer a viable alternative for those people that want to democratically express themselves within.”