Morocco – Spain Crisis: The European Union Must Take A Stand Regarding The Issue Of Territorial Integrity (Exclusive)

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the European Parliament’s recent resolution, Pr. Youssef Chihab, shed light on this decision through an analytical approach shared exclusively with Morocco Telegraph, an approach that attempts to understand and explain this bilateral crisis.

Pr. Youssef Chihab

In terms of the form in which the resolution was drawn up, Chihab pointed out that “the project came devoid of any formula referring to the word of condemnation or any escalation against Morocco. Rather, regret was expressed for what happened in Ceuta, and Parliament considered it a pressure card on Spain against the backdrop of an expensive reception confirmed within the same. The decision is based on Spain’s sovereignty over Ceuta and that it is a city belonging to the European Union.”

In terms of the language used, the same speaker highlighted that the decision “contained calm, fair and diplomatic terms par excellence. He also praised the role of the Moroccan authorities and their efforts in the file of clandestine immigration, stressing also his keenness to preserve the economic and strategic partnership with Morocco, in the context of the continuity of Morocco’s advanced situation, calling on the two countries to Commitment to dialogue and restoring water

In his statement, Chihab pointed out that “the resolution also included a warning to Morocco in diplomatic language not to pressure Spain, which may lead to a crisis of trust between the European Union and Morocco, which is not favored by the European Union, because Morocco is a strategic partner on several levels, and the EU wants to preserve that.”

On a different note, the political analyst mentions that “Parliament, in this resolution, expressed its concern about the escalation of the previous crisis, especially as it affected the economic relations between the two countries, and in front of its incomprehensible reasons according to the union, we must return to the situation before the crisis.”

Chihab added that the European Union “recorded with concern that the Moroccan security services allowed minors to enter Spain and used them as a pressure card during the crisis of Brahim Ghali’s entry into Spain, although the Moroccan Foreign Ministry denied any causal relationship between the two incidents.”

Accordingly, Chihab highlights that “the lesson from this crisis, which has become international, is that yesterday’s Morocco is not today’s Morocco. The European Union must get out of the gray area regarding the issue of territorial integrity, and must also understand the new strategic transformations that the region is witnessing, most notably the vital role that Morocco plays.”

Pr. Amine Sossi Alaoui

For his part, Pr. Amine Sossi Alaoui stated that “the European Parliament’s decision is a clumsy decision and shows that the European Union has internal crises and conflicts in taking major decisions, as it is clearly evident that it was taken under pressure from the Spanish deputies, because the vote was contradictory and did not achieve unanimity.

The researcher emphasized that “the decision is against the higher interests of the European Union, and it also includes fallacies that support Spain, which tried to divert attention from its involvement in receiving a criminal under a false identity to protect him from the judiciary, to the issue of minors’ immigration, although Morocco confirmed the continuity of its cooperation in the recovery of minor immigrants, a decision praised by the international community.”

On Spain’s role in this decision, Alaoui said that “Spain influenced the issuance of this poor decision, which translates the bias of parties in the European Parliament to Spain and their failure to adhere to the impartiality stipulated in the general rules in which the European Parliament concluded an agreement with its African counterpart in 2017 and stipulates not to interfere in bilateral matters, one European and the other African, unless the matter is discussed between the two parliaments.”

Alaoui also emphasized an important detail that lies in the fact that “Morocco is legally framed and has every right to stop partnership and cooperation in the face of Spain’s breach of its bilateral obligations by receiving a war criminal who was involved in the murder of Moroccan and Spanish citizens.”

He continued, “The European Parliament’s claim that Morocco is blackmailing Spain is false, because Morocco was frank and did not include the immigration file within the crisis, but this resolution will encourage Spain to continue to violate the law and commitments with the European Union partners with pride.”

On the other hand, the expert stressed that “Morocco has the right to object to this resolution, because it has the right to preserve its national security,” adding that “the provocative European condemnation that the Arab and African Parliament denounced is described as unfair and biased by a country that commits violations against another partner country such as Morocco which is strictly committed to partnership rules and agreements.”

Alaoui concluded that “what is happening now is an important event in modern history, because this crisis corrects the paths and clarifies the need to transcend the teacher-student relationship and move to another level in dialogue, which is equality and reject the guardianship link between the countries of the north over the countries of the south.”

The researcher concluded in the end that “this crisis will increase the disintegration within the European Union and will reflect negatively on it, in return, the African and Arab Parliament will not back down from defending Morocco as one of their members.”

On a final note, Alaoui highlighted that “the method of threatening or directing is outdated and the European Union must overcome it. The language of interests is enough to return things to their right direction. This crisis will awaken in the European component a new challenge; which is understanding the geopolitical map and studying the balance of power according to the current developments and the conviction that there are forces which will establish a new reality in the regional arena.”

 

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