Thursday, December 2

Gali refuses to clarify the circumstances of his entry to Spain: “It is a false debate”

The leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali.

The leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali.

The President of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Brahim Gali, has refused to clarify the specific circumstances of his entry into Spain to receive health care and has referred to the explanations of the Spanish Government in this regard. “It is a false debate. I respect what the Spanish Government has responded in the different media about the conditions in which I entered. I will not go any further“Gali said at a press conference from the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, in Algeria, according to the Sahrawi media.

For Gali, “the fundamental thing is that I have been in a critical situation, I have been admitted to a hospital, I was cured and I’m talking, here I live“.” I appreciate the gesture and at the same time give the great satisfaction of the Saharawi people to these results, “he added.

Gali has also referred to the “war” they are waging with Morocco and “that was imposed on the Saharawi people.” “We will fight with determination and courage until the causes that led us to this situation disappear, which is the intransigence and obstruction of the Moroccan occupation,” he warned. In any case, Gali has stressed that the situation of open armed conflict is not incompatible with continuing to negotiate. “There is no incompatibility between the negotiation and the continuation of the armed struggle,” he pointed out.

In addition, it blames both Morocco and the UN Security Council for the war, “incapable of enforcing its own resolutions on the dispute.” “After the breaking of the ceasefire on November 13, 2020, nothing will be the same. The same failed recipes of the past cannot be applied,” said Gali. The leader of the Polisario Front added that “the problem is not the UN special envoy: all have failed and quit. That is why there is nothing to celebrate with the appointment of De Staffan Mistura. ”

Finally, Ghali has referred to the recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), “a great victory” for the Saharawi people, and a confirmation of the previous judgments that clearly stated that the territory has a separate status and other than Morocco. For Gali, respecting the judgments of the CJEU would greatly contribute to achieving justice and promoting development and cooperation among all the countries and peoples of the region.

The context

The leader of the Polisario Front arrived on April 18 at the Zaragoza Air Base in an Algerian plane without passing border controls or documentation, from where he left in an ambulance to the San Pedro de Logroño Hospital, a health center where he was admitted under the name of Mohamed Benbatouche to be treated for conditions related to covid-19. Gali’s presence in Spain provoked a protest from Morocco.

On June 2, he left the country from Pamplona after testifying by videoconference before the judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz for several complaints filed against him for alleged violations of Human rights in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Tindouf. The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 despite resistance from the Polisario Front, with whom it remained at war until 1991, when both parties signed a ceasefire with a view to holding a self-determination referendum, but the differences on the elaboration of the census and the inclusion or not of the Moroccan settlers has so far prevented its convocation.

On November 14, the Polisario Front declared broken the ceasefire with Morocco in response to a Moroccan military action against Sahrawi activists in Guerguerat, in the agreed demilitarized zone, which meant for the Sahrawis a violation of the ceasefire conditions.

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