Thursday, January 20

Morocco tries to seek support for its autonomist plan for the Sahara


Morocco does not waste time since Donald Trump gave the definitive accolade to his claims to annex Western Sahara. Press to Spain to make a gesture of support and while maintaining the diplomatic relationship fallow. And he does not miss an opportunity to seek new allies.

The last, the 143 Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Madrid which, with the Cortes Generales as host, met from November 26 to 30 at the Palacio de Congresos. The first day was attended by the King, the President of Congress, Meritxell Batet, the Senate, Ander Gil, and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.

Morocco sent a delegation, led by the presidents of the House of Representatives (Lower), Rachid Talbi Alami, and the Chamber of Councilors (High), Naama Mayara, who have taken advantage of this multilateral forum to add support to their autonomist plan for the Sahara. Before his trip, a note from the Moroccan Parliament already announced that they would hold bilateral meetings “to defend the supreme interests of the kingdom “, referring to the” national cause “of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

Within the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which brings together 179 national parliaments, Morocco has had meetings with Arab and African countries in preparation for this forum, and others outside of it, in which it has had little success. Talbi Alami and Mayara met with Jorge Pizarro Estéban, president of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), which brings together 23 national Chambers. It is not a very powerful body, but Rabat has obtained support from them.

We share the position of Morocco on the question of the Moroccan Sahara. Our position has been expressed at the level of national parliaments and at the regional level, ”said Pizarro, according to the note issued by the Alui kingdom. “The position of the Latin American countries in front of the Moroccan Sahara has changed radically in recent years in favor of the Kingdom. “” The countries of Latin America are increasingly aware of the reality and the historical facts related to this issue, “he added, without offering concrete data.

These statements have served Rabat, in a subsequent communication from the Government with the balance of the presence of the presidents of its Parliaments in Madrid, to highlight successive diplomatic victories obtained by Morocco in defense of its first national cause, affirming that the strong and firm support of the international community for the autonomy plan presented by Morocco to definitively close this artificial dispute, confirms the relevance of the Kingdom’s position “.

In summary, even though it is through a body of little influence such as Parlatino, of a legislative and non-executive nature, which cannot condition the policy of its governments, Rabat puts pressure on Spain for a change of position. It already does so explicitly -Mohamed VI in a recent speech for the 46th Anniversary of the Green March assured that “we are within our right to expect from our partners bolder and clearer postures“, in veiled reference to Spain – and now through Latin American countries.

Spain’s position on Western Sahara is very complicated. Until 1975 it was his province number 53 and still maintains a sentimental debt with those who were Spanish at the time. But 46 years later, the future of this territory remains unsolved. The promised independence referendum has been blurred and the Government’s position goes through a negotiated solution sponsored by the one.

In the Executive they see it impossible to get out of that framework. But doing so is exactly what Morocco demands. The former Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, began to be reviled by Rabat long before it decided to host the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, in Spain. His relationship with Rabat was twisted in the instant that he did not make a single gesture to Trump’s turn and his recognition of Moroccan sovereignty of the Sahara. At that moment the diplomatic crisis really began and a year later it still has not been solved.


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