[ALERT] Catalan leader opens dialogue with Spain over independence

Carles Puigdemont has condemned the actions of Spanish authorities to block last week's banned referendum.

FILE: The leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont. Picture: Twitter/@KRLS.

BARCELONA - The leader of Catalonia’s government Carles Puigdemont has opened the dialogue with the Spanish government about the declaration of independence in Catalonia.

The president addressed the regional Parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

He has condemned the actions of Spanish authorities to block last week's banned referendum.

Puigdemont called for a reduction in tensions in its standoff with Madrid over a bid in the wealthy northeastern region for independence from Spain.

“With our differences and discrepancies, we make up one people.”