It is a slap in the face for the polisario leaders. Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez showed them they are worth nothing on the international scene.
During her videoconference meeting with all African ambassadors in Madrid, the top Spanish diplomat discarded the separatist movement, which is supported financially, diplomatically and militarily by the Algerian regime.
Furthermore, the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry posted in its twitter account an image of the African continent with the flags of all members countries of the African Union, except that of the so-called “SADR”, the entity, self-proclaimed by the polisario front with the support of Algiers.
The Spanish stand is in line with the guidelines and state policy adopted by the Spanish government on the Sahara issue. This state policy, which does not change with governments, was underlined by the Head of Spanish Govt Pedro Sanchez in his speech before the UN General Assembly last September.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Pedro Sanchez said: “the Spanish government supports the efforts of the UN Secretary General seeking to achieve a political, just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution” to the Sahara conflict. He did not make any reference to the polisario or the self-determination referendum.
Spanish Foreign Minister, Mrs Arancha Gonzalez, has repeatedly affirmed that Madrid does not recognize the self-proclaimed separatist “SADR” and that its stand on the Sahara remains unchanged because “it is a State policy”.
The Spanish stand deepens the international isolation of the polisario leaders who have failed to reach a pragmatic political solution to the Sahara issue after chasing elusive dreams for more than four decades.
They continue to refuse stubbornly the autonomy plan offered by Morocco for the Sahara, a plan praised worldwide as “serious & realistic” for ending the suffering of the Sahrawis sequestered in the Tindouf camps.
However, the Tindouf camps populations, tired of their appalling living conditions, are rising up. They are demanding change and intending to hold the polisario chiefs accountable for their abuse, corruption, mismanagement, embezzlement, oppression…