Canaries defends “maximum firmness” against Morocco

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PUSL.- In view of Morocco’s declarations to unilaterally consider the Moroccan Exclusive Economic Zone expanded to include not only the waters of Western Sahara but also the waters of the Canary Islands, the political representatives of this island have been staunchly opposed to the Moroccan position .

At a parliamentary hearing requested by the Nationalist Group, Julio Pérez, a government adviser, highlighted the “immediate and radical” rejection of any unilateral act in Morocco that affects Spanish or Canarian waters.

According to Pérez, Morocco acknowledges that there will be no consummated events and that everything will be agreed between Spain and Morocco. However, the regional government will not reduce “the demand or attention”, remembering that in 2017, when the processing of the laws by Morocco began, both, the Spanish State, and the government of the Canary Islands, led by Fernando Clavijo ( CC – Canarias Coalition), opted for a “moderate line” and minimized the claims of the neighboring kingdom.

“What Morocco has done has no consequences, either in facts or in law,” said the adviser, explaining that there is no geographical justification in the legal texts and that the Canary Islands have always lived with the “expansionist” desire of the Alawite kingdom.

Pérez said that “neither the Canary Islands nor Spain want a complex and controversial conflict”, but they will be “demanding” because, in addition to the effects in Western Sahara, the delimitation has economic significance, since there are “many euros” under water due to tellurium reserve south of the archipelago.

In the face of criticism from the CC, he pointed out that the socialists represent “true and non-theatrical autonomy.

Nationalist Group deputy Juan Manuel García Ramos criticized Morocco’s expansion to the south and asked the Canary Islands to start worrying “once and for all” about the political situation in Western Sahara.

“The time has come to put things into practice,” he said, as Morocco has the “dream” of a “great Maghreb”, in which the Canary Islands are within the pretensions of the Alawite kingdom.

García Ramos pointed out that Morocco activated the laws “when the PSOE started to rule”, indicating that it does not trust the central government, among other things, because Margarita Robles (Spain’s foreign minister) was complicit in difusing “fake news” about the threat of terrorist attacks in Western Sahara. Alluding thus to the fake news spread by Morocco and the Spanish government days before the congress of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

For the GN deputy, it is urgent to “clarify” why Morocco wants to “own waters that do not belong to them”, demanding that the government of the Canary Islands use the Statute of Autonomy and forget the traditional “soft autonomy” of the PSOE.

According to the Cs (Ciudadanos Party) Spain “does not want to disturb” Morocco
Ricardo Fernández, of the Mixed Group (CS), commented that the status of the islands’ territorial waters is “non-negotiable” and that he is against Morocco’s “attempts” to illegally annex the waters of the Sahara.

The deputy said that the Moroccan laws did not include any consultation with Spain or respect the median agreement, regretting that the Spanish government had a “lukewarm” reaction and did not want to “bother”.

Jesús Ramos (ASG Socialist Group of the Gomera Island) asked for “tranquility” because international law protects Spain and the Canary Islands, although he believes that it is necessary to be aware that Morocco is desperate to try to make a new delimitation of the waters.

Stealing to strengthen position in the Sahara

Francisco Déniz, from Sí Podemos, commented that Morocco launched a “decoy” to establish itself in the “geopolitical council” and strengthen its position in Western Sahara.
According to Déniz, the Spanish state “must not be threatened” and demands compliance with UN resolutions on the Sahara, warning that the waters of the Canaries “are in limbo” in the Statute, because they belong to Spain.

Luis Campos, spokesman for the NC (Nova Canarias), indicated that Morocco continues with its usual strategy, whenever there are pending negotiations with the EU, it resorts to threats. “Can Morocco remain a strategic ally when it uses the fait accompli policy?” He asked.

Grupo Popular spokeswoman Navarro demanded “firmness and strength” from the State and understands that the government of the Canary Islands cannot remain “unmoved” in the face of the approval of Moroccan laws, a policy of “accomplished facts” that lead to a strengthening the Moroccan position in future negotiations.

Ventura del Carmen, of the Socialist Group, supported the management of the government of the Canary Islands “on a complex issue” which is one of national sovereignty “and is not new”, so he called for the “unity and consensus” of all groups in the chamber.