The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has defended in his speech before the UN General Assembly that there be for Western Sahara “a mutually acceptable political solution and within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations and the resolutions of the Council of security”.
Sánchez gives a swerve to Spain’s position with the Sahara and opens a new gap with United We Can
In this almost obligatory mention of the Sahara issue in the Spanish annual speech, there was not the slightest mention of Spain’s change of position on the conflict last March, when the government led by Sánchez said for the first time that the Moroccan plan for autonomy was “the most serious, credible and realistic basis” for the resolution of this dispute.
In his speech this Thursday, Sánchez affirmed that “we cannot drag conflicts from the past”, a thesis repeated by Spanish diplomacy to support the new turn, which means shelving the idea of the self-determination referendum demanded by the Polisario Front.
The President of the Government clarified that Spain continues to support “the fundamental work of the UN Secretary’s Personal Envoy”, Staffan de Mistura, who will soon complete a year in office without having managed to move an iota in a conflict totally stalled by maximalist positions of Morocco and the Polisario.
Sánchez did not forget to remember that his government “will continue to support the Saharawi population in the camps, as it has always done, being the main international donor of humanitarian aid” for the refugee population in the Tindouf camps, in southern Algeria.