Madrid’s Support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan is Good for Spain, Mediterranean – Spanish Defense Minister

Spanish government’s support to Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara is a “good decision for Spain and the whole Mediterranean region”, stressed Spain’s Defense Minister María Margarita Robles on Tuesday. By supporting autonomy as “the most serious, realistic and credible basis” for resolving this dispute, the government “has taken the best decision for Spain,” said Robles, who was the guest on Spanish TV Channel ‘Trece’. “When a decision of this kind is taken, all the necessary elements of judgment are in place. In this context, the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, has taken the best decision for Spain,” she assured. In addition, the Spanish official said, the decision of the coalition government is “the result of a reflection and evaluation of the situation.” On Monday, the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs, Ángeles Moreno Bau, said that the position of her country on the Moroccan Sahara is “consistent” and “respects international law.” Spain has adopted a “position that is consistent with the decisions taken by previous governments, and which fully respects international law,” said Bau before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Spanish Senate. “The Spanish government defends a position that is in line with the principles and parameters of the UN Charter and its resolutions,” the Spanish official insisted, noting that this position also stems from Spain’s desire to contribute to regional stability.