Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sep 23 (EFE).- Former Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said this Friday that Morocco’s proposal for the Sahara to become an autonomous region of its territory is “a good way to negotiate”. and described as “courageous” the position of general manager Pedro Sánchez for having supported him.

Zapatero recalled that already in 2007, when he received the autonomy proposal, being president of the government, it seemed to him a good starting point to negotiate, as he told journalists during his speech closing of the “Conference for peace and security in Western Sahara”, convened by the Sahrawi Movement for Peace in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Rodríguez Zapatero maintained that a peace agreement is necessary not only for the Sahara but also for the Maghreb, and that a “historic change” is necessary in North Africa, especially due to the current global geopolitical moment, and underlined that experience shows that after 50 years of conflict, as it is, “the possibility of a solution begins to take shape”.

He also underlined “that we cannot remain fearless in an era of very serious conflicts that are unfolding” and therefore appreciated the holding of this conference, understanding that it is “essential” that there are initiatives for the peace.

According to him, the solution to the problem between Morocco and the Sahara must be considered from the beginning of coexistence, and he argued that the best political agreements in history were the result of a shared renunciation and recognition , and not from the refusal of others .

“The political maps of history are changing and difficult, even more so those resulting from post-colonial processes; we know for sure that understanding is the solution,” he added.

He said that in 2007 he had supported the autonomy of the Sahara, but “communication and emotions do not make us remember the past, it is in the archives of the newspapers”, that it is an intermediate solution because “it is not a break or a transfer” and that it is “courageous and correct” the position adopted by Pedro Sánchez.

Regarding the opinions contrary to this so-called third way solution, he indicated that he did not disqualify those who oppose it, while recalling that his government was “the one that has helped the Sahrawi people the most for cooperation”. .

“I have maintained the same position for a long time: the path of great autonomy for the Sahara is the most solid for the future and the best for the population, and this is my free opinion”, underlined Zapatero, who argued that the political solution is to march for an agreement that has the support of the United Nations.

In any case, he declared that it is the UN which must “overthrow all political authority” for the resolution of this conflict and that “we must all help in whatever it asks of us”.

Several proposals are on the table in this dispute, the autonomy advocated by Morocco and the defense of the right to self-determination by the Polisario Front, but the UN is for that, and even more at this time when more serious conflicts take place, “let us strengthen the authority of the United Nations”, he concluded.

The President of the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament, the Socialist MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, also defended a solution to the Sahara conflict which goes through the agreement of the two parties and which is then submitted to the consultation of the Saharawi people. .

López Aguilar maintained that the position of the Spanish government is compatible with that of the European Union and respectful of international law, in the face of the criticism received for Pedro Sánchez’s support for the Moroccan autonomy proposal, which, moreover, has made in the same terms as United Nations resolutions since 2007.

For the Socialist MEP, this dispute “has been hiding human pain” for 50 years and for this reason it is worth participating in this conference, to find a solution; “It’s gone on too long and many of us believe that any solution mutually agreed to by compromise will be better than another fifty years of pain.”

As for the criticisms received for his speech, he clearly expressed his respect for the Polisario Front, but expressed his “outrage” at certain accusations made by political representatives of the Canary Islands, “disqualifying the conference and those who participate in it”, whom they have come to regard as “agents paid by Morocco”.

For López Aguilar, this type of disqualification is “intolerable and a classic example of what is being fought in the EU as ‘fake news’ and intoxication”.

According to the MEP, this is not just “misinformation, but malicious intoxication”, since they lie as if “it were gratuitous and unpunished”, for which he also recalled that the EU adopts measures to combat disinformation. ECE

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