Pedro Sánchez ignores the rejection that has been verified by Congress to his turn in the position of Spain with respect to the Sahara just six hours before the king of Morocco received him. In an informal conversation with journalists on the plane on the way to Rabat, he has shown his “respect” for the vote that has taken place in Parliament to ratify support for the UN resolutions at the request of United We Can, ERC and EH Bildu and that it has had the affirmative vote of the PP and the abstention of Vox and Ciudadanos, but has defended the change of the Government by supporting the proposal of Moroccan autonomy for the former Spanish colony. “I reaffirm that this is the best position in the general interest of Spain”, he has expressed shortly before meeting with Mohamed VI.
Sánchez travels to Rabat on Thursday to be received by the King of Morocco
“I think it is the best way out to find a diplomatic solution”, insisted Sánchez, who has assured that “for multiple reasons, not only migratory, relations had to be normalized”, with Morocco and has referred to commercial ties and transit. Thus, he maintains that the reception of the Alaouite king is an important photo from which “important things will be triggered” related to borders or Operation Crossing the Strait, which has been canceled in recent years. The matter has been on the table at his meeting with the new leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who has “uglyed his forms” by making the change without notifying the main opposition party. Nor did the minority partner of the Executive know him and, in fact, he rejects him.
“This is a good agreement for Spain”, Sánchez reiterated, who maintains that the change in Spain implies following the “same dynamic” as important countries such as the United States, Germany or France: “We are aligned with that consistent line”. The president has admitted that “one more step without a doubt” has been taken after the government has said actively and passively that there has been no change in the position of the Saharawi conflict.
What Sánchez has admitted is that the PSOE could not support the initiative promoted by its partners due to the criticisms it raised in the statement of reasons, although he has assured that the operative part was “white” since it only ratified the “support for resolutions of the UN and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in the conviction that only dialogue, negotiation and agreement carried out in good faith and in a constructive manner, in accordance with International Law, They will help to reach a fair, realistic, viable, lasting and acceptable political solution for both parties to the political conflict in Western Sahara”, according to the text.
However, the operative part was very harsh against the PSOE by assuring that “a part of the Spanish Government has unilaterally modified its position in relation to the conflict in Western Sahara, contravening the resolutions of the United Nations and International Law itself.” It also makes it ugly that Moncloa has made that decision “without having consulted or shared it with any of the political groups in the Congress of Deputies and contravening the majority consensus of the Chamber” and warns of the possible “diplomatic consequences of that action.” “The possible consequences in the economic and energy field that this decision could entail should not be forgotten either,” reads the text.
The harsh speech of United We Can
“The Socialist Group cannot support the statement of reasons”, the president acknowledged. Only the PSOE has positioned itself against the non-law proposal, although it initially announced that it would support it under the premise that support for the Moroccan proposal for autonomy in the Sahara does not imply a violation of what the United Nations has defended up to now. since Sánchez maintains that the solution must be “mutually acceptable by both parties”, despite taking sides with Morocco. The Socialists had justified their change in the harshness of the speech of the spokesman for United We Can, Gerardo Pisarello, during the debate.
“Nothing except a petty and myopic calculation would justify not defending with the same conviction the right of the Saharawi people to freely determine themselves against the colonialist pretensions of Mohamed VI,” said Pisarello, who described as “disturbing” that Sánchez refers in his letter to the king of Morocco as “ally and great friend”. “A progressive government cannot use this language, it cannot do it without violating its bases, its parliamentary partners and without converting the realpolitik in a sad exercise in cynicism,” he continued before asking: “What if, when it comes to Ukraine, we said that Putin’s proposals are the most realistic, fair and credible on the table?” That “decibel rise” of his partner is what the group led by Héctor Gómez had used to justify the vote against the non-law proposal.
Sánchez goes to Rabat without support from Congress
The initiative has gone ahead with the favorable vote of United We Can -including that of the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz- and the rest of the investiture partners, including ERC and EH Bildu, who also signed it, and with that of the PP, which criticizes the ways in which the historical change has occurred with respect to the position of Spain in the Sahara. Vox and Ciudadanos have abstained. However, non-law propositions do not have practical legal effects beyond assuming a pronouncement by Congress. The investiture partners have been warning Sánchez for weeks that he does not have the support of Parliament for that change. And this Thursday she has been seen in the vote.
At the end of the Plenary, the deputy of ERC Marta Rosique has positively valued the result of the vote. She has done so accompanied by the representative of the Polisario Front in Spain, Abdullah Arabi, and parliamentarians from EH Bildu and United We Can: “It is a clear warning to President Sánchez on his trip to Rabat”, she has expressed in statements to the media, in which He has insisted that “he does not even have the support of the Congress of Deputies.” “We have presented the same initiative that was presented in the Senate a year ago. That if they voted in favor, now they have changed their opposition and have decided to be on the side of the oppressor. Next to those who violate the resolutions of the United Nations, 74 resolutions, neither more nor less”, she has said.
Rosique took the opportunity to denounce that the Catalan activist Oriol Puig and the photojournalist David Melero have gone to visit the Saharawi activist Sultana Jaya, “who has been suffering torture by the Moroccan authorities for too long” and that, upon arriving in the country, ” they have received aggression and have been forced to return to Catalonia”. The ERC deputy has stressed that “these situations cannot go unpunished and the Spanish State cannot be an accomplice in it.” “With a vote like today’s, it has been shown that the Congress of Deputies does not support being an accomplice in these violations.”
Along the same lines, EH Bildu deputy Jon Iñarritu has spoken, saying that the approval of this initiative “isolates Pedro Sánchez and corrects his change of position.” “Today the Congress has made it clear that the majority position is one that respects the resolutions of the United Nations and MINURSO. That is the position of the Spanish State, and no other”.
Iñárritu has stressed that this Thursday it has been shown that the change in the PSOE’s position regarding the Sahara “does not enter into the UN resolutions”: “Today Sánchez goes to Rabat in absolute solitude. He can only defend the position that has been ratified in the General Courts, any other will be personal or of the PSOE, but he will not have the majority support of Congress, ”he has settled.
Feijóo: “We don’t know Morocco’s response, I would never do it”
The recently inaugurated leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has criticized Pedro Sánchez’s decision in his support for Morocco. “We do not know what Morocco’s response is,” said the Galician, who has assured that, if one day he becomes President of the Government, “he would never do” what the current leader of the Executive has done.
“We have found out from a newspaper about the content of the letter, but we do not know the answer to the letter,” Feijóo said in an interview for TVE this Thursday. He has criticized the “totality of the decision”, not just the president’s trip to Rabat – something he has described as “unheard of”.