October 4, 2017 / 8:20 PM / 2 years ago

Spain says if Catalan leader wants talks he first needs to respect the law

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is seen on a TV screen in a bar during a televised statement in Barcelona, Spain, October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

MADRID (Reuters) - If Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont wants talks or mediation with the central government over the region’s future, he first needs to respect the law, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

“If Mr Puigdemont wants to talk or negotiate, or wants to send mediators, he know perfectly what he first needs to do: go back to the law,” the statement said.

Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Adrian Croft

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