Spanish Congress rejects Sanchez decision, calls for respect of international legality

Madrid, 28 May 2022 (SPS) - The Spanish Congress adopted a resolution Thursday reaffirming the need to accomplish the decolonization process of Western Sahara, in full compliance with international legality and the UN resolutions, indicated a statement of the Parliament.

For the second time in less than two months, the Spanish Congress has expressed its rejection of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's decision to support the Makhzen's so-called "autonomy" plan on the Western Sahara issue.

Thus, the Parliament recalled that it remained on the historical line of Spain, insisting on the process of decolonization of Western Sahara within the framework of UN resolutions, stressed the statement.

It urges the government to "reaffirm the need to accomplish the process of decolonization of Western Sahara, in full respect of international legality, within the framework of UN resolutions.

On April 7, Spanish parliamentarians rejected Madrid's reversal of its position in favor of Morocco, and accused the head of government of abandoning a historic position of neutrality toward the conflict.

They approved a proposal submitted by three parliamentary blocs denouncing the "unilateral and illegal" change of position of Sanchez regarding the conflict in Western Sahara. A proposal that calls for a "correction" of this position and to support the UN resolutions to allow the Saharawi people to exercise their right to self-determination.

During intense debates on Western Sahara, parliamentary groups strongly denounced the position defended by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, calling it a "betrayal" of the Sahrawi people, and demanded that he sends a "clear" message to the King of Morocco that "the only framework that Spain can defend is that of international legality supporting the inalienable right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination.

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