Sahara: Algeria attacks Spain … the breach was predictable

After Morocco, it is up to Spain to suffer the wrath of Algiers. Angry at Madrid’s significant position vis-à-vis the Sahara, Algeria suspended the co-operation agreement linking it with Spain. Once again, Algiers proves its bias, but above all alienates a new country in its regional circle. Madrid were quick to respond.

“The Spanish Government reaffirms its full commitment to the content of the Treaty and the principles underlying it, reflected in its preamble,” a Spanish diplomatic source told Hespress FR.

Spain recalls that this treaty, which was unilaterally withdrawn by Algeria on Wednesday, concerns in particular “strict respect for the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the principles of international law as fundamental elements of maintaining peace, security and justice in the international community”. .

These are “especially the principles of sovereignty between states, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the inalienable right of the people to self-determination”, cited the same source, suggesting that Algeria has no right to interfere in Spain’s internal affairs when attacks it on a sovereign decision which does not concern it.

Despite Algeria’s verbal attacks, Spanish diplomacy was careful not to outbid and contented itself with saying that “the Spanish Government considers Algeria to be a neighboring and friendly country and reiterates its full readiness to continue to maintain and develop privileged cooperative relations. between the two countries, for the benefit of the two peoples ”.

The Algerian presidency on Wednesday responded to a statement by the head of the Spanish government speaking to the Spanish parliament on Spain’s decision to support the Sahara autonomy plan proposed by Morocco as a solution to put an end to almost 50 years of a false conflict created by Algeria to conquer this Moroccan territory after the withdrawal of Spain, which was the occupying power.

“The Spanish authorities have engaged in a campaign to justify the position they have taken towards Western Sahara in violation of their legal, moral and political obligations as the governing body of the territory that burdens the Kingdom of Spain until the decolonization of Western Sahara. be declared implemented by the United Nations “, wrote the services of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, while the decolonization of the territory was registered with the withdrawal of Spain and the return to Moroccan sovereignty as before.

This is a response to the statement of Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the Spanish government, who specified that the decision to take Morocco’s side was a decision of the Spanish state, and not only of its government.

This declaration shattered the hopes of Algeria, which had nurtured a sparse hope of a possible change of position in the event of a change of government, hence the decision to “immediately” suspend the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation, which has attached it to Spain since 8 October 2002 , and which has so far formed the framework for the development of relations between the two countries.

The Maghreb country criticized Spain, suggesting that the Spanish authorities “take responsibility for an unjustified reversal of their position” regarding the Sahara and “full support for the illegal and illegitimate formula of autonomy”, Algeria continues by adding murderous formulas that demonstrate its anger. and proves once again that it is in fact a conflict between Morocco and Algeria and only these two parties, while Algiers has stated that they refuse to participate at the roundtables (the negotiations decided by the UN) given that it is only a ” observer “Land.

Algiers showed in its expression, which is not the first of its kind (Algeria had already criticized the announcement in March last year, editor’s note) that it was indeed the party that was to blame for the Sahara affair, and it does so much from the beginning. it prevents any pragmatic, feasible and peaceful solution from taking place, and takes a people, the Sahrawis, but above all the whole region of North Africa, hostage, who are “afraid” to insult Algeria by acknowledging a historical reality that The Sahara belongs to Morocco.

After severing diplomatic relations with Morocco in August last year following the resumption of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom and Israel, Algeria has just announced a new phase in its project of enmity with its immediate neighborhood by attacking Spain. The recent media announcement by the Algerian president about democracy in Tunisia also went badly in Tunis, but this country will certainly not have the strength to free itself from its growing debt to its “big sister” Algeria. .

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