Catalan leaders sign independence declaration but put it on hold
2017-10-11 08:52:00

The president of the regional government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont signs a declaration of independence at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017. (Photo/VCG)

Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday but the move will not be implemented for a few weeks in order to open a process of dialogue.

The president of the regional government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, made the statement in the Catalan parliament on Tuesday where he appeared to assess the political situation in Catalonia, after a referendum was held on October 1.

"Catalonia has won the right to become an independent state," he said, calling on the Spanish government to accept mediation.

Puigdemont emphasized during his speech that the Catalan issue was a European issue, highlighting the need to reduce tension and saying that the only way to progress was through peace and democracy.

The Spanish government said on Monday they would "take measures" if a unilateral declaration of independence took place.

The referendum was declared illegal by Spain's Constitutional Court. Editor:Dylan