Ghali condemns “the hostile position and violation of International Law” by Spain towards Western Sahara
27 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, has affirmed that the position of the Government of Spain on the situation in Western Sahara “does not benefit peace and stability” in the region, after Madrid’s support for the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco .
“We renew our condemnation of the hostile position and violation of International Law by the head of the Spanish Government, who supports the thesis of the Moroccan occupier, who contradicts the position of the Spanish people,” Ghali said during a speech for the 47th anniversary of the proclamation of independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
Likewise, he has stressed that the “shameful” position of the Executive of Pedro Sánchez “does not absolve the Spanish State of its political, legal and moral responsibility regarding the decolonization of Western Sahara”, as reported by the Saharawi news agency, SPS.
Ghali also stressed that Madrid’s new position “encourages the Moroccan occupying State to insist on its expansionist and aggressive policies against all the countries of the region, including Spain”, while pointing out that the Polisario Front will not participate in any peace process that does not respect the will of the Saharawi people or the legal nature of the problem.
The Spanish government endorsed the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara in March 2022 as the “most serious, realistic and credible” option to resolve the conflict,
On the other hand, he has denounced the “negative effects” of the alleged cases of corruption that affect the European Parliament on decision-making related to the conflict, for which he has demanded that all the facts be revealed and that those responsible be “accountable”. . In addition, he has asked the European Union (EU) for “a fair position consistent with International Law.”
Ghali has also asked the United Nations to expedite the authorization of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) with the aim of fulfilling its mandate and has advocated that the African Union (AU) “impose respect for the principles and objectives of its Constitutive Law to put an end to the Moroccan military occupation of parts of our country”.
The former Spanish colony was occupied despite the resistance of the Polisario Front, with whom it remained at war until 1991, when both parties signed a ceasefire with a view to holding a self-determination referendum, but differences over the preparation of the census and the inclusion or not of Moroccan settlers has so far prevented its call.
On November 14, 2020, the Polisario Front declared the ceasefire with Morocco broken in response to a Moroccan military action against Saharawi activists in Guerguerat, in the agreed demilitarized zone, which meant for the Saharawis a violation of the conditions of the Stop the fire.