Moroccan Sahara: Any Statement by Government Member not in Line with Spanish Official Position is Only ‘Personal Opinion’ (Minister of Defense)
Madrid – Spain’s official position on the Sahara issue is decided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation and the Presidency of the Government, said Spanish Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, adding that any other statement on this issue is only the “personal opinion” of its author.
“The foreign policy of a government is defined by its president and its Minister of Foreign Affairs. It must be very clear. Any other member of the government who holds another post may have have his own personal opinion”, the minister told reporters on Thursday.
Spain’s official position on the Sahara issue is “expressed by the President of the Government and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” she pointed out.
“Any member of the government can have his own opinions, but the government is a collegial body and must be at the forefront of the positions taken,” she insisted.
“Being part of a government also requires responsibility,” said Robles, believing that differences must be settled within the governing coalition and that once decisions are made, all members of the executive must be “united” and defend these decisions.
The same position was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, who noted that “the position of the Spanish government regarding the Sahara is very clear and has not changed over the past few hours, days or weeks”.
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 set by the foreign ministry with the president of the government, who are responsible for our country’s external relations,” she insisted.
Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse