Algiers- The President of the Sahrawi Arab Republic, Brahim Ghali, affirmed that by supporting “autonomy conspiracy”, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez “capitulated to successive Moroccan campaigns of blackmail and provocation,” stressing that “this strange position constitutes a real obstacle to the efforts of the personal envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, underscoring, however, that it will not change the legal nature of the Western Sahara conflict and will not grant sovereignty over the territory to the occupying state of Morocco.”
In a statement on Algerian television, Sunday evening, President Ghali dubbed the position adopted by the Spanish Prime Minister, in his letter to the King of Morocco, in support of the “conspiracy of autonomy” in Western Sahara, as “unfortunate and shameful, because it is illegal and immoral.”
He stressed that “it is a flagrant violation of international legitimacy that Sanchez does not stop bragging about, because Western Sahara, by virtue of international law, is not Moroccan, and the decision on sovereignty over it belongs exclusively to the Sahrawi people, led by its legitimate and only representative, the Polisario Front.”
The Sahrawi president added that the Spanish Kingdom, with this illegal decision, “repeats the treason” that it committed in 1975, when it unlawfully divided the Western Sahara and its people through the disastrous Madrid Agreement.
The Sahrawi president stated that Sanchez’s position “apparently, is the open acquiescence and servility of the Kingdom of Spain to successive Moroccan campaigns of blackmail, provocation, pressure and threats, using terrorism, drugs and human flow through massive, public and systematic illegal immigration.”
Mr. Ghali highlighted that “this acquiescence is, unfortunately, achieved through a new and disgusting investment in treason, and an opportunistic and hideous exploitation of the suffering, steadfastness and resistance of the Sahrawi people.”
He also highlighted that “instead of Spain bearing its legal, political and moral responsibility towards the Sahrawi people, as the managing force of Western Sahara from the point of view of international law, we find it today, through this unfair position, indulging in the absurd, illegal and useless evasion.”
The Sahrawi people and their just cause, stressed the Sahrawi President, “enjoy great sympathy and solidarity from the Spanish people, regardless their various orientations and parties, including the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, despite the perfidious practices that the Sahrawi people suffered at the hands of well-known leaders in this party.”
In this context, he expressed “ his hope “for the party’s urgent move, not only to correct this new gaffe, but for Spain to bear its responsibility that does not fade away with time.
Finally, he stressed that “this strange and surprising position on the part of the Spanish Prime Minister constitutes a real obstacle to the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, underscoring, however, that it will not change the legal nature of the Western Sahara conflict, and will not grant sovereignty of the territory to the occupying state of Morocco.”
In addition, it will not allow the Spanish Kingdom, he added, “to unilaterally repudiate its international obligations as a managing power for the region, and will not affect an iota of the will of the Sahrawi people to continue their just and legitimate struggle until the completion of the sovereignty of the Sahrawi Republic over its entire national territory.”