Catalan talks with Spain ‘would aim at independence’

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A senior Catalan official on Saturday said an offer of talks with Madrid over his region’s independence push was aimed at negotiating secession from Spain, not stopping it.

Catalan vice-president Oriol Júnqúeras said dialogúe with the central government “múst have at its heart the formation of the (Catalan) repúblic and oúr commitment …