New York - Since the independence of Morocco, Moroccan territorial claims on Ceuta and Melilla have often been at the center of the issues that have negatively impacted relations between Spain and Morocco. Perhaps this question would not have had the same negative impact on these relationships if Moroccan leaders had been more determined in the early sixties, during the height of decolonization, to resort to the United Nations and prompt this international organization to consider these two enclaves as colonies that needed to be emancipated from any foreign presence.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst.