Algeria breaks the treaty of friendship and good neighborliness with Spain due to the "unjustifiable turn" on the Sahara

The Algerian presidency has suspended this Wednesday “immediately” the friendship, good neighbor and cooperation agreement signed with Spain on October 8, 2002, according to a statement from the Algerian Presidency released by the official APS agency. The letter indicates that the Spanish authorities have assumed responsibility for an “unjustifiable shift” in their position regarding Western Sahara. The rupture of the treaty occurs hours after Pedro Sánchez ratified this Wednesday in Parliament his change of position regarding this dispute. The letter from the Algerian presidency indicates that the Spanish government has given its “full support” to the “illegal and illegitimate” formula of autonomy advocated by the “occupying power”. The Spanish Government has not yet commented on this Algerian decision.

The message refers to “the announcements of March 18, 2022”, in which the Royal Palace of Morocco published part of the letter in which the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, supported the Moroccan proposal for autonomy for the territory. in dispute as the “most serious, realistic and credible basis” for the resolution of the conflict.

“The Spanish authorities have launched a campaign to justify the position they have adopted on Western Sahara, a violation of their legal, moral and political obligations as the administrative power of the territory that weigh on the Kingdom of Spain”, the Algerian statement underlines. .

The Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation, signed in 2002, “until now governed the development of relations between the two countries”, as the Algerian Presidency has recalled, which in this way goes a step further in criticism that has already led in March to call the ambassador in Madrid for consultations.

“This attitude of the Spanish Government,” the statement maintains, “violates international law imposed by its status as administering power.” And he adds that the attitude of the Spanish authorities “contributes directly to the deterioration of the situation in Western Sahara and in the region”.

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In the more than two months that have passed since the crisis with Algiers began, the Spanish Government has been at pains to underline that Algeria is a “solid and reliable partner” and to emphasize that it has always complied with its international energy contracts, thus questioning whether the diplomatic crisis could have an impact on the supply of gas to Spain.

In a parliamentary response dated June 1 and to which Europa Press has had access, the Government maintained that “with the situation today and with the reservations of slots and capacity already realized by marketers, there are no objective signs of a situation of lack of gas supply in the coming months”.

Today, Pedro Sánchez has explained in Congress the historic change in the Spanish position on the Sahara, almost two months after the Executive made it public. This turn meant that Spain openly took Rabat’s side by considering its autonomy proposal as “the most serious, realistic and credible basis for the resolution of the dispute” in the former Spanish colony, a phrase that the president has repeated exactly today in the Camera. Sánchez has stressed that the new relationship with Morocco leaves “beyond any doubt” the Spanish sovereignty of Ceuta and Melilla, cities where he hopes that a “normal customs border will soon be opened, with regular and regulated trade, as the best way for do not return the atypical trade”.

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