Morocco rejects an EU resolution on the instrumental use of migrants in Ceuta

AGI – The Moroccan government has rejected and called “full of falsehoods” the resolution voted yesterday by the European Parliament that accuses Rabat of instrumental use of migrants to put pressure on Spain.

The reference is to the sudden opening of the border with the Spanish exclave of Ceuta, last month, which poured thousands of migrants into the territory of Madrid, a move that was interpreted as a retaliation for the welcome granted by Spain to Brahim Ghali, the leader of the Western Sahara separatists, suffering from Covid-19.

Ghali, wanted by Interpol for a series of serious crimes including terrorism, had been brought into Spain with a false document in agreement with Algeria, which supports the Sahrawi separatists.

The Strasbourg resolution condemned “Morocco’s use of border control and migration, especially unaccompanied minors, to put political pressure on Spain”. The text also deplored “the participation of minors and families who have put their lives and their safety in obvious danger”.

The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Naser Burita, he replied that the resolution is “counterproductive and prejudicial to any exit from the crisis” but has tried not to involve the EU in the diplomatic crisis with Madrid. Burita in fact said he was “satisfied” with his relationship with the European Union and stated that the clash “originated from Spain’s attitude and hostile actions” regarding “a sacred cause for Morocco and Moroccans“, or rather the sovereignty of Western Sahara. The crisis, the minister underlined” continues to be with Spain because the problems that caused it have not been resolved “.

Burita however complained that Europe, with the resolution, seemed to “forget” the successes of Rabat in the fight against illegal immigration.

The President of the Moroccan Chamber, Habib el Malki, for its part reiterated that Ceuta is a busy “Moroccan city“about the sentence of the resolution that defines the exclave as an” external border “of the EU.