Madrid's change of position on Western Sahara, "dangerous drift"

Bir Lahlou (Sahrawi Republic), 19 arch 2022 (SPS) - The government of the Sahrawi Republic (SADR) strongly criticized the new position expressed Friday by the Spanish government on the issue of Western Sahara, calling it a "dangerous drift" and contrary to the decisions of international legality.

"The government of the Sahrawi Republic and the Polisario Front were informed with astonishment, on Friday afternoon, of the content of the two statements issued by the Moroccan occupier and the government of the Spanish administering power," said the Sahrawi presidency in a statement.

"The position expressed by the Spanish government is absolutely in contradiction with international legality. The United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice and all regional and continental organizations do not recognize the (alleged) Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara," the statement said.

"Spain, along with France, has more legal and political responsibilities than others in defending the recognized international borders and the fight against Moroccan expansion. This responsibility does not end until the Sahrawi people have been able to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and independence," said the same source.

It added: "The position expressed in the two declarations lacks credibility, seriousness, responsibility and realism, because it is a dangerous drift, it contradicts international legality, it supports the occupation, it encourages aggression and the policy of fait accompli and headlong rush, and will legitimize the repression, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the plundering of wealth that Morocco continues to use against the Sahrawi people, in violation of international resolutions.

"This is happening in a very serious context that the conflict in Western Sahara is going through after the return to war in November 2020, and the state of tension in the region due to the persistence of the Kingdom of Morocco in its expansionist policies and plans to disrupt the security and stability of the region,"  said the statement.