The former Catalan president and former leader of CiU Jordi Pujol advised this Wednesday the independence movement and JxCat to avoid “candidity” in the negotiations for the investiture of Pedro Sánchez. Furthermore, he has asked them be “demanding” for avoid being “deceived”“, in a pact that must address the “essential” question of Catalan identity: “With Rodalies the problem is not solved”.
In an interview with the digital ‘ElNacional.cat’, Pujol has made some recommendations to the JxCat and ERC negotiators for the investiture of the President of the Government. “When it comes to negotiating,” he pointed out, “we have to ensure that Catalonia does not fall into naivety. We have to be able to be demanding. That does not demand resorting to any type of violencesomething I have always been against,” he expressed.
But he demands that the whole of Catalonia and Catalan forces “be capable of defending things of an economic, social, environmental nature”, and also the “identity of the country.” Pujol has pointed out that the independence movement must “try” not to be “deceived” and, in that regard, he has recalled the Majestic Pact that he, as Catalan president, signed with José María Aznar in 1996 to support his inauguration as President of the Government.
He says that the PP “deceived” him
The former Catalan president has admitted that “some of the things of the Majestic Pact have been done” and, therefore, the PP Government “did not deceive him.” “The Spanish Government acted in accordance with those criteria… but not all of them,” he pointed out. “What happens is that now they say: we will solve this because we will transfer Rodalies to them… oh, what a face! It should have been transferred a long time ago. With this we will not solve the problems,” he warned in relation to the transfer of the Cercanías service to Catalonia, a condition that Esquerra demands precisely.
A transfer that “has to be done, and whoever says this, says so many other things,” pointed out the former leader of CiU: “But the problem of the identity of Catalonia as a country is essential“. In that sense, he agreed that the agreement must have a “historical meaning.”
“And what does that mean? To make something that can last throughout history, that over the next five, ten, twenty, thirty years we cannot say: this is no longer useful. Therefore, sense historical means permanence, duration“said the former president.