The Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, defended this Saturday that the change in the Government’s position in supporting Morocco in the Sahara conflict shows that Spain will have a “good” and “stable” relationship with Morocco, with the commitment to “collaborate against human trafficking mafias and against illegal immigration”.
The burial of the historical position of the PSOE on the Sahara to make way for the Green March
This position in foreign policy regarding the former Spanish colony represents a profound change in the historical position of our country, which until now defended “a political, fair, lasting and mutually agreed solution within the framework of the United Nations”, but also with respect to the one collected in the last electoral program of the PSOE. In addition, it in turn opens a new point of dispute with its partners from United We Can and threatens to cloud the relationship with Algeria at a critical moment due to the energy crisis.
Bolaños, in statements to the media during his visit to the Southwest Ecological Corridor in Madrid, argued that it is important to achieve “stability” because “the world needs cooperation between countries and working together against common problems”, in this case referring to to illegal immigration.
In a letter to King Mohamed VI, whose content has been disclosed by Rabat and not by Moncloa, Sánchez reported on Friday that “Spain considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative, presented in 2007, as the most serious, credible and realistic basis for the resolution of this dispute.” Said plan foresees certain powers in terms of economy, infrastructure, social development and culture, among other areas, for the former Spanish colony while reserving key areas such as defense, foreign relations or religion, which fall specifically under the control of King Mohamed SAW.
The Spanish Government has been defending at all times the need for a mutually acceptable political solution for the parties, that is, for Morocco and the Polisario Front, within the framework of the parameters set by the UN and in this sense has supported the efforts of the new United Nations envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, to reach said agreement.
The recognition now of the Moroccan autonomy plan as a possible solution has automatically received criticism from the Polisario Front, whose delegate in Spain, Abdullah Arabi, has made it ugly that they have not been notified in advance of this change. In his opinion, Sánchez “succumbs to the pressure and blackmail” of Morocco by endorsing said plan as a “toll” to resume the damaged political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.