The Sahara unites the entire parliamentary arch against the socialist position in favor of Moroccan autonomy

Pedro Sánchez’s change of position regarding Western Sahara has achieved an unusual image in Congress: a complete unanimity of all groups, with the exception of the PSOE, against the decision of the leader of the Executive by which Spain recognizes the Moroccan autonomy proposal for Western Sahara and abandons its position of active neutrality in a prolonged conflict of 46 years.

During the appearance at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, in the branch commission to explain the agreement reached with Morocco (partially released last Friday by the Royal House of the neighboring country), The spokespersons of all the political forces have made it ugly that it was not Sánchez himself who was immediately accountable on this issue.

And it is that, the leader of the Executive will take advantage of the appearance scheduled for next Wednesday, March 30 in Congress (a regular appointment after the celebration of each European Council) to explain this change of position that has plunged his own government partner, United We Can, because it was unaware of the agreement and has positioned itself on the side of the United Nations resolutions in defense of the referendum for the Saharawi people.

Despite the efforts of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to defend the “new stage” of relations with “a partner and neighbor like Morocco”, where he will attend on April 1 and will discuss on the agenda “the complete normalization of connections with Spain, including the maritime ones and the Operation Crossing the Strait”, Albares has witnessed one of the most complicated afternoons in parliamentary headquarters during his time at the head of this department.

Supported by a large delegation from the socialist group, the Minister for Foreign Affairs has heard criticism from both the left and the right, who have accused him of “betraying” the Saharawi people, of “hiding” the agreement with Morocco, of “lack of transparency” when communicating all the details of the deal with the neighboring country, and “opening a gap” with Algeria, a country that supplies 45% of the gas to the Spanish State, among other aspects.

In this context, only the socialist spokesman Sergio Gutiérrez has celebrated the “new stage” with Morocco which, in any case, is still to be developed, as Albares has advanced. “The agreement with Morocco puts an end to a debate that has been entrenched for 46 years. No one is going to impose the future of the Saharawis, who are masters of their path. They must be assured that the debate on their autonomy can have an expectation and horizon of reaching to a site”.

Likewise, in line with what was stated by the Foreign Minister and the Prime Minister, the PSOE parliamentarian stressed that the change in position is not such, since it is a “position that Zapatero already promoted and amended by the Rajoy Government “. “It’s about getting the car out of the service road where the Western Sahara conflict has been parked in recent years”, he stressed.

I “abandon” the Saharawi people

Faced with the attempts of the Socialists to deny the novelty of the position in relations with Morocco since they claim to end the crisis with this country, the groups have urged the Government to transfer them the original copy of the letter sent by Sánchez to King Mohamed VI, published this Wednesday by The country five days after the leak of the agreement by the Moroccan Royal House. “This shows that there is little transparency,” added, among others, the spokesman for EH Bildu, Jon Iñarritu.

As for Spain’s responsibility over Western Sahara, of which it is the administering power, the PNV spokesman, Aitor Esteban, asked to speak about “Historical Memory”: “We cannot divide this matter up when we refer to this territory, since Spain has a responsibility.

Likewise, the deputy of the CUP, Albert Botrán, has accused the Government of “abandoning the Saharawi people”, a decision that, despite “legitimizing an illegal occupation”, has been taken with the aim of “controlling the migratory flow”, has added. In this sense, the spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs of Cs, Mari Carmen Martínez, has disgraced Albares for having spent “little time” talking about the situation in this territory, since she has dedicated almost all her speech to talking about relations with Morocco .

United We Can charge against Albares

The spokesman for the United Podemos branch commission, Gerardo Pisarello, has also charged Albares and has warned of the consequences that a justified change of opinion may have for Spain by appealing to the royal politics. “The royal politicsif it does not include values, it is reduced to cynicism”. “Without principles or prudence, the reason of State can become the reason for the stable”, he remarked.

Criticism from PP deputy Valentina Martínez Ferro has focused on the “indescribable” damage to Spain’s credibility abroad. “Shame is an adjective that falls short”, she has added every time that the parliamentary spokesman for the extreme right, Iván Espinosa de los Monteros, has accused the Prime Minister of having “unilaterally” handed over the Sahara to Morocco.


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