Catalan leaders calls for independence dialogue

  • The leader of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas, has called for 'permanent dialogue' between Catalonia and Madrid on the issue of Catalonian independence. 
  • Mas hoping to organise an official, legal referendum after 2 million people took part in Sunday's symbolic vote; opponents say 'silent majority' didn't participate. 
  • Mas has written a letter to Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy urging him not to deny 'the Catalan reality'. 
  • Rajoy willing to make some economic concessions to regional governments but continues to rule out any possibility of a Catalan referendum on autonomy.