Spanish Congress demands a “firm” response to Morocco

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Ana Oramas, Coalición Canaria

As published by the Spanish News paper ABC, the Spanish Congress yesterday urged the Government to firmly defend the waters of the Canary Islands and Western Sahara against Morocco. The motion registered by the Canary Coalition (CC) was passed unanimously in the lower house and was presented after a warning last week to the Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, of the movements of the neighbouring country.

“The information provided in this parliamentary headquarters has not been reassuring,” said Ana Oramas (CC), who asked for “priority” in the agenda of the President of the Government for a visit to Morocco and claimed “a firm position” of the Executive. Oramas also called for promoting the process of dialogue between Morocco and the Polisario Front to reach “a just, lasting and mutually accepted solution by the parties for Western Sahara.”

PP, Cs and Vox lamented the “weak” position of Pedro Sánchez for not defending maritime sovereignty. Guillermo Mariscal (PP) expressed that they are unaware of “the interests” defended by the Government of PSOE and United We can (UP) after its inactivity: “The bite that has occurred to the Spanish waters has failed to wake up this Government,” said Mariscal, who denounced that “they continue without defending the Canarian interests”.

From Cs, Carmen Martínez demanded a blunt response because, she warned, Morocco “considers the waters of Spain and those of Western Sahara to be its own”. In addition, Martínez recalled that Spain as administrator “de jure” has its obligations:
“It is not an option, it is an obligation, and Spain must continue to watch over the Sahara until its total decolonization.”

For his part, Héctor Gómez of PSOE defended the management of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and accused the PP of “devoting himself to harass” the Government. “When they are in the Government they do not act, when they are in the opposition they criticize,” Gomez said.

The deputies of the PSOE, however, will support the motion.