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El PSOE en contra de las ayudas a los campamentos saharauis A new sign of the PSOE’s decision to completely forget the Saharawi question and to try to bury it. The Plenary of the Congress of Deputies has approved this Tuesday, with the PSOE voting against, an amendment to the articles of the Budget for 2023 promoted by the PNV that plans to allocate seven million euros in favour of UNHCR for the maintenance of the infrastructure of the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf (Algeria).

It is an amendment that the Basque nationalist group has ‘slipped through’ in the parliamentary process, as it had not reached a compromise with other parliamentary groups. The initiative went ahead with the support of PP, Ciudadanos, Unidas Podemos, Más País, Compromís, Junts, BNG and Bildu, while PSOE and ERC voted against. Vox did not take part in this vote, as in most of those that took place late on Tuesday.

The PNV has welcomed the approval of the measure, with which it considers that it continues to “fulfil its commitment to Western Sahara”. The PSOE’s no vote coincides with the historic change of position in the dispute over the former Spanish colony, the last territory in Africa to be decolonised and illegally invaded by Morocco since 1975.

In recent months, the Socialists had insisted that the Copernican turn in foreign policy, with absolute parliamentary solitude, would not be accompanied by a reduction in the humanitarian aid traditionally provided to the camps. A fact that Tuesday’s vote completely refuted.

The Sahrawi refugee camps are located around the inhospitable town of Tindouf in Algeria. Some 175,000 Sahrawi refugees reside in the five Tindouf camps on the border between Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara. Most of them have lived there since the Moroccan invasion of the former Spanish colony in 1975.