In his twenty-minute speech, the president of the Spanish government spoke briefly on the Sahara issue, without mentioning his government’s historical reversal of position, but nevertheless reaffirming his help to the Saharawi population.
“We cannot drag out the conflicts of the last century”, affirmed the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez in his speech (from minute 16: 34) held on September 22 before the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Instead of recalling his government’s historic and recent support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, Pedro Sanchez contented himself with affirming that “Spain supports a mutually acceptable political solution, within the framework of the Charter of Nations and Security Council resolutions”, also underlining the “fundamental work of the Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, “who can count on the full support of the Spanish government”.
Indeed, instead, Pedro Sanchez made a point of affirming that “(his) country will continue to help the Sahrawi population in the camps, as it has always done, being moreover the main foreign donor of humanitarian aid in the Sahrawi refugee camps”.
The Spanish President thus failed to recall that “the Moroccan proposal is the most serious, realistic and credible basis for the settlement of the dispute in the Sahara”, as he affirmed in a letter addressed to King Mohammed VI last March. .
So omission or real change of position? Relations between the two countries, which have experienced their worst crisis in recent months, nevertheless seem to be in good shape according to recent statements by the Moroccan and Spanish Ministers of Foreign Affairs, who held a meeting on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The two ministers also announced the holding of the high-level meeting between the two countries before the end of the year. probably in November, and in which Pedro Sanchez should take part.