AFP – Catalonia chief says Scotland deal sets an international standard

Catalonia president Artur Mas, who is pushing for independence for Catalonia from the rest of Spain, on Tuesday said the deal for a referendum on Scotland’s independence sets a “standard at the international level”.

“I am writing to express my congratulations, and those of the Government of Catalonia, on the historic accord reached between you and the First Minister of Scotland making it possible for the Scottish people to hold a referendum before the end of 2014 to decide their future,” Mas wrote in a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“The accord you have agreed transcends both Scotland and the United Kingdom to set a standard at the international level,” Mas noted.

“Our country will be watching this accord and the process which is now under way with respect, attention and also with a certain admiration and expectation.

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