Pablo Iglesias, who are your brothers?

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PUSL.- Pablo Iglesias declared at the 39th European Conference of Support and Solidarity with the Saharawi People on November 14 and 15, 2014 in Madrid, “our brothers will not be abandoned” referring to the Saharawi people and criticized all Spanish governments since 1975 affirming that “who has governed us seems to have as its only country ” to be pro-business “.

Many more times he has sworn not to abandon the Saharawi people making promises after promises, even in the electoral program in which one of the points (point 118 of the electoral program) is the recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.

While Pablo Iglesias is in a coalition government, it is natural that consensus has to be present in the negotiations. What is not normal is that he yields on points that were announced as being an absolute truth and a compromise that could never be forgotten.

Well, that was exactly what happened at the first moment that a conflict arose between the interests of Morocco and the Saharawi and Spanish people.

The expansionist claims of Morocco, which has declared that the waters of Western Sahara and the Canary Islands were theirs, have never been denounced by Iglesias.

This concerns not only the interests of the Saharawi people, but also about the interests of the Spanish people and the violation of international law.

However close Iglesias is with the PSOE, he has as first commitment to honor what he has promised to his constituents and written in the electoral program.

Last Friday, a controversy was once again created when a meeting requested by ONCE was held between Nacho Álvarez, secretary of state in the vice presidency of Iglesias, and Suelma Beiruk, minister of Social Affairs and Promotion of Women of the Saharawi government.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, said that she had to explain to her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Burita, that Spain’s position regarding the Sahara has not changed, after Morocco’s unease transcended the cited meeting.

González-Laya, has made it clear to the Moroccan Government that Spain’s position remains that of not recognizing the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), despite the meeting of a member of the Spanish Executive with the Saharawi representative. Pablo Iglesias in an interview on TVE in the program “The breakfasts” has reaffirmed that, “how can it be otherwise, the position of Spain regarding the Sahara is determined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

In the Alvarez twitter account, photos have been published in which Suelma Beiruk is identified as ‘minister’. This recognition of Beiruk’s position prompted a call from Foreign Minister Naser Burita to his Spanish counterpart.

A short time later the twitter post was deleted.

The minister, González Laya, revealed on Twitter the phone call with Burita and her response: that the Spanish position on Western Sahara “is state policy” and has not changed.

Meanwhile, the Moroccan media published the “great victory” and ‘Le360‘ interprets that the minister “put the responsible in it’s place”. The Coalition Government of Spain is composed of a PSOE that does not face the historic debt of Spain, with Western Sahara, were it continues to be the administrative power “de jure” and by United We can, a formation that says it defends the Saharawi cause but so far follows the opinions of the PSOE.