Sánchez in Morocco, by Xavier Bru de Sala


No, Spain has not just turned its back on Western Sahara rather, it did so between 1975 and 1976, when first it shared administrative responsibility and then, pushed by the Green March, it abandoned the territory in the hands of Morocco. Soon it will be half a century. Sometimes, historical processes are as slow as they are inexorable. After obtaining the total guarantee of sovereignty from the United States in exchange for an ally as faithful as Egypt but more stable in North Africa and the East Atlantic, a strategic enclave, the concession of what seen from America is a piece of desert It is certainly low cost.

From Spain, things don’t look the same. An increasingly diffuse but real feeling of guilt operates in many souls that clings to the UN-endorsed notion of self-determination. guilt for having lacked the most elementary duty with his former colony and commiseration before the suffering of the remnants of the Saharawi people, now condemned without remission, with the approval of Spain, to become completely extinct.

Then, much more than now, the opposition, represented by Felipe González visiting the Saharawi camps, denounced the Hispanic lowering of pants before the unacceptable pretensions of Morocco. Now, Núñez Feijóo orders his troops to vote against the officialization of the Spanish position, the real one, the usual one. If he manages to govern, he or any other popular leader will do nothing but take the decision and follow the path started by Pedro Sánchez. Closed folder. Spain will never again consider the issue of self-determination for her former colony in the Sahara. Another job has, another job will have, to yield step by step to Morocco and without the honor suffering more than necessary the sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla.

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Sánchez and the King of Morocco They have inaugurated a new stage in their relations. It can be a fruitful and cordial parenthesis before new confrontations for the territorial integrity of Morocco as well as a true friendship that the multiple mutual interests solidify until it becomes irreversible. It seems that, from the outset, both countries opt for the latter, and if so, we will see how the opening of customs gives way to the end of isolation and the beginning of the Moroccanization of the economy of Ceuta and Melilla. Be that as it may, the final result is sung. At the dinner of the Spanish president and the king of Morocco, what was established. The how and when is pending, if always in agreement or alternating good and bad stages. The path undertaken has no turning back, and it is better that it does not.

In terms of ‘realpolitik’, not humanitarian or pride and confrontation due to the size of the flags, to Spain and Europe, also to Catalonia and perhaps more than you think, it suits them the end of frictions and the acceleration of collaborations in economic, commercial and cultural terms. And this happened by giving, nominally, the Sahara. and it will actually share Ceuta and Melilla with a special status but under nominal sovereignty of Morocco.


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