Catalan President Carles Puigdemont also wants the European Union to trigger a mechanism known as Article 7 which would suspend the membership rights of Spain on the grounds that it has breached European Union values like the respect for human rights or the rule of law. The horrendous events surrounding the vote were not anticipated by either side; neither foresaw the atrocities at the polling stations nor the chaos in the streets - police kicking voters downstairs, dragging them by the hair into the street, firing rubber bullets into protesting crowds, and beating those protesting in peace with batons.
Spain, emerging from a deep recession, has economic reasons to fear Catalan secession.
The independence issue divides Catalonia's Jews - there are about 15,000 of them, constituting a third of Spain's Jewish population. Catalonia's total population is around 7.5 million.
Earlier yesterday, Spanish defender Gerard Pique had also spoken about the need for dialogue.
Iniesta wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "I have never commented publicly on such complex situations with different sentiments, but the situation that we are living is exceptional and I have one thing clear: before we harm ourselves further, negotiate".
European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans said on Thursday, however, that EU member states have the right to use "proportionate" force to defend the rule of law.
Spanish deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria today hit out at Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont over his statement calling for a way out of the Catalan crisis. Their communal representatives opted for neutrality, Victor Sorenssen, the leader of Barcelona's Jewish community, told JTA. "This is a political matter that doesn't directly concern Judaism, so the community has no position on it as such".
But she is outspoken against what she calls the hypocrisy exposed in the referendum.
He also criticized King Felipe for failing to heal the country's divisions, saying the monarch - who gave his own televised statement Tuesday in which he firmly backed the central government - had missed an opportunity to arbitrate in the dispute.
Until now, leaders across Europe have been mute about the Catalan independence bid. "So that doesn't mean much". "It is too early to make an assessment on what could happen", a spokesman said.