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The Latest: Clamor for Political Dialogue Rises in Spain

The Latest: Clamor for Political Dialogue Rises in Spain

Thursday, 05 October 2017 06:38 AM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Spain's political crisis amid Catalonia's push for independence (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

As the clock ticks toward Catalonia's promised declaration of independence from Spain, the clamor for dialogue and mediation in the political crisis is gathering momentum in Spain.

But so far the central government is sticking to its stance of not talking to those wanting to break up the country.

Catalonia's regional parliament meets Monday to evaluate the results of last weekend's divisive referendum, and pro-independence lawmakers say the declaration will be made.

On Wednesday, Barcelona lawyers set up a commission to promote talks bringing together trade unions, economists and even the city's famed Barcelona soccer club.

The leader of Spanish opposition party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, called Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday to urge him to seek mediation. But Rajoy insists Puigdemont must first drop the threat of declaring independence.

10:55 a.m.

Spanish media are reporting that executives in one of Catalonia's largest banks will consider Thursday whether to relocate the company's registration out of the region as separatist authorities there have pledged to go ahead with an independence declaration as early as next week.

Private news agency Europa Press reports that the Banco Sabadell board meeting Thursday afternoon will discuss the move to ensure that it remains under the legal framework of the European Central Bank, the region's financial regulator.

Europa Press said that Spanish capital Madrid, Alicante and Oviedo are some of the destinations being considered for the new registration, although the bank's central services would remain in Barcelona.

Banco Sabadell couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The bank's shares, which have seen heavy losses in recent days, picked up on Thursday amid the speculation.

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