Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie comes out in defence of Catalan Parliament
ELNACIONAL.CAT – It has called for the upholding of the “Catalan parliamentary institutions and the powers of the democratically elected Catalan parliamentarians”
The president of the APF (Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie), Jacques Chagnon, also president of the National Assembly of Quebec, has publicly called for the upholding of the “Catalan parliamentary institutions and the powers of the democratically elected Catalan parliamentarians”.
“In accordance with the values of the Francophonie, the APF recalls the essential role of parliamentarians in our democratic institutions and the importance of protecting the sovereignty of the parliaments”, reads a press statement which encourages the pursuit of dialogue to find “a peaceful solution to the crisis, with respect for the democratic values and the rights of the parliamentarians”.
The Catalan Parliament has since 2008 been an observer member of the APF, a body created in 1987 that brings together 83 parliaments of which 52 are full members representing “states or communities where French is an official language, a language of administration or a language in common use”. Some of these parliaments see themselves as directly called upon by the Catalan debate like those of France, Canada, Quebec, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
In recent months, the speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, has made a number of speeches to APF meetings. At the start of July she denounced the “legal persecution” of elected Catalan officials to the Assembly’s political commission during a meeting in Luxembourg.