The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas avoided responding this Wednesday in Congress about the change of position on the Occidental Sahara and has been referred to his appearance in plenary session scheduled for March 30. The Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, has defended on his part that what the government has done is for Spain to go from being a “spectator” to an “actor” in the conflict.
In a question addressed to the president during the government control session, the spokeswoman for the PPCuca Gamarra, has reproached that Sánchez has changed foreign policy “with a stroke of the pen” of Spain on such a sensitive issue as the Sahara, “disparaging” Parliament and “betraying its electoral program”. “And it does so with a broken government and an absolute minority that learns from the kingdom of Morocco of what is happening,” he added.
Sánchez has ignored that mention and has limited himself to responding to economic questions, but the leader of the ERC in Congress, Gabriel Rufianhas also taken advantage of his question to reproach Sánchez for his “treason“: “There is still haze in Madrid, when you see it, remember the betrayal of the Saharawi people.”
“About the Sahara, we will have the opportunity on the 30th of this month to be able to appear and talk, long and hard”, Sánchez has settled for his part, who has left Congress after his participation in the control session without making statements to make his announced trip to Ceuta and Melilla, where it is foreseeable that he will only do references to the “new stage” of relations with Morocco after last Friday’s change of position.
Albares: “It’s not about Spain winning anything but about de-escalating the conflict”
The person who has defended the Government’s position has been the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, who has assured in response to questions from the PP and EH-Bildu that what the government wants with its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara is to stop being a “spectator” to become an “actor” in the resolution of this conflict that has lasted 46 years and “could last another 46 more”. what you haven’t doneHowever, is to clarify whether he informed Algeria of the change of position in favor of Morocco.
“What Spain had before was a ‘no position'” and he was waiting for “what others did” and now he wants to become an “actor” supporting the efforts of the UN envoy for Western SaharaStaffan deMistura.
The minister has avoided responding to criticism due to the way in which this new position has become known and also to the fact that neither its coalition partners nor the investiture partners have supported it and neither has the opposition consulted it, as the PP deputy has made him see so much Valentina Martínez as EH Bildu’s Jon Iñárritu.
Nor has he wanted to clarify what it is that the Government seeks to win. “It is not about Spain winning anything” but about “helping to de-escalate a conflict that if we don’t do something it will last 46 more years”, he defended, insisting once again that both the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy supported the Moroccan autonomy plan at the time introduced in 2007.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.