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“Pedro Sanchez has denied the historical neutrality of Spain on the conflict in Western Sahara”

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The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, in Brussels, March 24, 2022.

Grandstand. The volte-face of the Spanish government of Pedro Sanchez in favor of the Moroccan autonomy plan shocked the Saharawi people but also the Spanish people. Pedro Sanchez has denied Spain’s historical neutrality by turning his back on the Spanish Constitution and international legality. His attitude weighs on the Spanish conscience.

The Spanish newspaper El País published the full message sent by the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, to the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI. In essence, this letter considers that the Moroccan proposal for autonomy, which dates from 2007, “is the most serious, credible and realistic basis for the resolution of the Saharawi dispute “. Pedro Sanchez therefore goes it alone by deciding to align himself with the Moroccan position. To believe El PaísMadrid has indeed yielded to Moroccan threats and blackmail in connection with illegal emigration and other sensitive issues.

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It is a barter, but it has been repudiated by politicians and civil society in Spain, who have called the head of government’s volte-face a “shameful” and “scandalous “. Serious opposition to Mr. Sanchez’s initiative is indeed being organized within the government and in Parliament. It is a question of presenting a bill defending the Saharawi people and their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions.

Territory occupied by force

The Saharawi people are not fooled. He remembers the tripartite agreement signed on November 14, 1975 in Madrid between Spain, Morocco and Mauritania, under the terms of which the Saharawi territory, a former Spanish possession, had been shared like a cake between Rabat and Nouakchott. This pernicious agreement has never been registered in the official Spanish journal.

It should be recalled that the right of Western Sahara to self-determination is deeply rooted in the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly. It stems in particular from United Nations Resolution 1514 of 1960 on “the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples”. This right was not removed by the Madrid Tripartite Agreement of 1975, which violated the procedure for exercising the right to self-determination determined by the United Nations General Assembly. The agreement received neither the approval of the international community nor that of the Saharawi people.

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