Congress pressures Sanchez on Sahara ahead of Rabat visit

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Congress pressures Sanchez on Sahara ahead of Rabat visit
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The chairman of the government, Pedro Sánchez, with the government's spokesman, Isabel Rodriguez, in Congress this Tuesday.
The chairman of the government, Pedro Sánchez, with the government’s spokesman, Isabel Rodriguez, in Congress this Tuesday.Kiko Huesca (EFE)

The government’s president, Pedro Sánchez, will travel to Rabat on Thursday afternoon with his foreign minister, José Manuel Albers, and finally have a meeting with King Mohammed VI, who will entertain him by inviting him to a family dinner. iftar With which he will break the fast in this time of Ramadan. But Sanchez would not go to the side of Morocco in the Western Sahara conflict with the support of any other party in Congress. At that time, a resolution by United We Can, ERC and EH Buildau, their government partners and their main parliamentary allies, will be voted on in the lower house, formally requesting that Spain extend its support to the UN resolutions. confirms. A negotiated settlement between the parties to the Sahara conflict, something on which even the PSOE would be in a position to vote, but which in its explanatory memorandum breaks the strong criticism of the “unilateral turn” given by the socialist sector of the executive. For the future of the former Spanish colony.

The PSOE, which, like most of the political class and society in Spain, has always been closer to pro-Sahara positions on the Sahara than Moroccans, experiences the matter in a state of great dismay, and with fear that the situation will change. Change cannot be understood even by a large section of its base and its electorate. Progressive coalition partners and general allies are also not going to give a saving hand. opposite of this. And Alberto Nez Feiju’s new PP has already warned that in matters of international and state politics such as the Sahara they would like to share more information than ever before and not be forced to vote blindly.

Feijo will be received by Sanchez at La Moncloa just tomorrow morning, shortly before the President leaves for Morocco; And the popular leader has indeed set the Sahara problem on his list of priorities, along with the Ukraine crisis, inflation and economic uncertainty. Not that the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary, which has been stalled for three years and which was called again yesterday by socialist spokesman Hector Gómez.

The debate on the future of the Sahara in which the PSOE’s solitude will once again be verified in Congress will take place today and a vote on the illegal resolution signed by United We Can, ERC and EH Buildu will take place. Registered yesterday on the way to Rabat with Sanchez. The Socialists still want to continue their quiet talks with their coalition partner, United We Can, to find a way out of this impasse. They are also set to vote positively on the illegal resolution, despite harsh criticism against the government in its explanatory statement, if the final provision is drafted, in the usual manner and without surprise, the final- The minute’s amendments appear to have been agreed with the other parties. PSOE is not confident and this moment could not be more delicate.

The operative part of the resolution is limited to “re-validating Congress’ support for United Nations resolutions and the United Nations Mission for a Referendum in the Sahara, in the belief that only dialogue, negotiation and agreement have been carried out in good faith.” and will help to reach a just, realistic, viable, sustainable and mutually acceptable political solution to the political conflict, in a constructive manner, in accordance with international law. PSOE believes, as its spokesperson reiterated several times in the lower house yesterday, that “as it has been drafted” that the resolution will be “within the framework of what this party has always defended”. Gómez reiterated that the government and the PSOE are now trying to find some way out of a conflict that has raged for 46 years, and underlined that they are working with Morocco in this matter to separate the Sahara from the crisis. intend to.

The problem for PSOE is that the signatory parties present their proposal to justify and in which they are directly accused: “A part of the Spanish government violated the resolutions in relation to the conflict in Western Sahara. unilaterally modified its position. The United Nations and international law itself, adopting a new position, have affirmed that the proposal for an autonomous regime for the Sahara that Morocco made in 2007 is the most serious, realistic and credible proposal for conflict resolution. These three parties, and a large majority of the Chamber, have concluded that this change of PSOE “genuinely” leaves the basis for a political solution that is mutually acceptable, as stated in UN resolutions. .

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The resolution adds further attacks towards the socialist sector of the government: “This decision has been taken without consultation or sharing with any political group of Congress and without violating the consent of the majority of the Chamber.” And that amalgamation of parties, which ranges from general partners to PP and Vox, recognizes that a decision of such depth warrants a revision of Spain’s historical position that “considers the diplomatic consequences of Western Sahara, Algeria, and Morocco as well.” can trigger. Behind the will of the Congress majority and without the requisite transparency in decisions of such political and social importance, They also point to the possible consequences in the economic and energy sector in this currently uncertain context, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

referendum or autonomy

The PP’s general secretary and spokesman in Congress, Kuka Gamra, confirmed that “they will be” on Thursday with a “completely adoptable” proposal that she believes “responds to the normalcy” of their formation. “We are still in the same place”, said Gamra; and considered that they could vote in favor of amendments that might include the right of the Saharawis to self-determination. Something that PSOE is not yet ready to do.

Even Vox’s spokesman, Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros, subscribed that Sanchez’s “one-man decision” in revising the state’s consensus on Sahara has been “unexpected, reckless, unreasonable and unnecessary”. and advanced that it does not commit them if any on the day they rule

The spokespersons for En Comú Podem, Aina Vidal, and Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua acknowledged that they are indeed providing with their proposal “to provide the PSOE an opportunity to improve its position”, which is proof of that that practically all Chamber “does not support them”. PNV’s spokesman, Ettore Esteban, was once again very harsh against the government’s stand. His group filed an amendment in which they vote to “disagree” with the twist that they “really” on Morocco’s plan to integrate the former Spanish colony of the Sahara as an autonomous part of its territory. Simple betting”. And they request that Congress “recognize the right of self-determination of the Saharawi people” and urge the government to act so that it believes “all options, including freedom, are legitimate.”

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