The statement comes a few weeks after Sanchez called for a clause to extend MINRUSO’s mandate to monitor human rights in Western Sahara.
Rabat – Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has reiterated his country’s firm position on Western Sahara. Spain views the United Nations as the only party with legitimate rights to help find an agreed upon political solution to the dispute over the conflict.
During a speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sanchez underlined his country’s stance on Western Sahara.
Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported today, September 25 that Sanchez defended the” centrality” of the UN to reach a “political, just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.
The prime minister said that Spain wishes to contribute to “the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to achieve, in pursuance of Security Council resolutions a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution” to the conflict.
MAP reported that Sanchez, who has made no allusions to self-determination, has so far called for a fair, sustainable, and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.”
Sanchez’s statement comes after a few weeks after a document from the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) stipulated that the Spanish government “supports the extension of the MINURSO mandate to monitor human rights.”
The suggestion to extend the MINURSO’s mandate is an unexpected move for Morocco as Sanchez has been a vital voice for Morocco’s interests, especially at the European Union. Sanchez has regularly stood behind Morocco in the fight against irregular migration and counterterrorism.
Sanchez has described Morocco as Spain’s exemplary ally, reiterating his country’s determination to maintain strong diplomatic ties with Morocco.