Spain Reiterates that its Position on Sahara Issue, Defined by Foreign Ministry and Govt Presidency,

The Spanish government has reiterated that its position on the Sahara issue has not changed, noting that this "very clear" stance is defined by the Foreign Ministry and the Presidency of the Government.

"The position of the Spanish government regarding the Sahara is very clear and has not changed over the past few hours, days or weeks," said on Thursday Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, Arancha Gonzalez Laya.

 

This position consists of "full support" for the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, so that he can "guarantee the sustainability of the cease-fire" in the Sahara and advance "a political negotiation which leads to a political, negotiated, fair and sustainable solution in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council", Gonzalez Laya told reporters at the end of the Council of Ministers of the EU FMs.

 

This is a position "which has obviously been defined by the foreign ministry with the president of the government, who are responsible for our country's external relations," she insisted.

 

"For Spain, the important thing is the United Nations resolutions. All of them. The last one, adopted in October this year, clearly defines the parameters of these negotiations," the Spanish top diplomat pointed out.

 

In this regard, Ms. Gonzalez Laya said that she herself voiced this position during "numerous contacts maintained over the past days with Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to promote this path of dialogue".

 

20/11/2020