When I read U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet recognizing Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara, I was outraged and dismayed by the scope and seriousness of the news. The Saharawis are a people with deep roots, rooted in desert culture and nomadic tradition. We have, however, been wronged by the president of the first world power. The destruction of the right to self-determination, the attack on a non-autonomous territory, whose people are living in exile for a long time, breaks the arguments of peace and international law. They undermine the order that was born in 1945 in San Francisco with the creation of the United Nations.
Zulet, El Correo
How is it possible that the president of the first democracy in the world, speaks of electoral fraud, appeals to the courts of his country and fights for every vote in a duel with President-elect Joe Biden? Instead, when he announced recognition of Morocco's sovereignty over the Sahara, he did not even consult the 1975 Hague Tribunal ruling or the 2002 report of Hans Corell, UN legal advisor. The Saharawis went to war on November 13. Their liberation army continues to attack the wall with which Morocco has annexed part of Western Sahara. The Saharawi Republic is a founding member of the African Union (AU), enjoys wide diplomatic recognition and will never allow the Moroccan government to usurp its territory by force.
Spain, Algeria and Western Sahara, countries bordering Morocco, are aware of the long history of attempts at appropriation by force and expansionism exercised by the Moroccan Government on a permanent basis. The region of Southern Europe and North Africa are in a state of alert after this regrettable political decision.
UN and Spain, as the administering power of Western Sahara, have been slapped with this sad decision by the Trump administration. The waters that bathe the Canary Islands, the Guerguerat strip and the long border of Algeria will suffer the consequences of this violation of international law. Trump talks about the elections in his country, about voting by mail. He knows that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Morocco in the Sahara intends to impose itself without elections, without freedom of movement, without freedom of expression. The strategy is to open consulates in countries that despise international order and violate treaties by recognizing illegitimate sovereignty. Hopefully, the next tenant in the White House will correct this despicable decision, open his hands to freedom and place the United States on the good side of history; the side of defending decolonization and ending Morocco's military occupation of Western Sahara. An urgent and inescapable task.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Those who allow the trampling of a clear right and keep silent in the face of a flagrant violation will end up destroying the world order that allowed us to live within the laws from World War II to the present day.
Spain must take a clear position and defend before the United Nations the territory for which it is still responsible. Morocco has many strategies designed for this region, its expansionist desires have been suffered by Algeria in 1963 in the war of the sands and Mauritania was claimed as part of it until Hassan II, under pressure from France, established diplomatic relations in 1970.
History is capricious and destiny is sometimes uncertain. This terrible decision by the Trump administration may help a new Green March that Morocco can launch in a moment of weakness on any of its neighbors.
Let us demand the fulfilment of the principle of self-determination and we will have taken a step in favor of the Saharawi people and the recovery of their land. There is an old saying hidden in the quicksands of the Sahara near some oasis and it says, “We are neither generous to give away what is ours, nor are we cowards to take flight”. We will resist this new affront from Trump, to the last child, to the last old woman. We will not give up our freedom and our land, in it is the indelible mark of our ancestors.
If Kuwait was occupied by Iraq in 1990, Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975, two facts that must remain alive in our memory. So let us not allow force to crush reason. Let us not forget the lesson of David and Goliath.