Peruvian Parliament Condemns European Parliament Resolution On Morocco

The motion, proposed by Deputy Martha Gladys Chavez Cossio, deplores that certain members of the European Parliament have exploited the issue of immigration as a pretext to try to “Europeanize” a bilateral crisis.

The Peruvian Congress urged the European Parliament not to “interfere” in the bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain so as not to “exacerbate” the tension between the two parties who should resolve the crisis in a purely bilateral manner and “through diplomatic channels”.

In a motion adopted yesterday Tuesday, the Peruvian parliament underlines that the bilateral political crisis between Rabat and Madrid had erupted in mid-April last following the reception, “in a secret way” by Spain, of the leader of the separatist Polisario, wanted by the Spanish judicial authorities.

The motion, proposed by Deputy Martha Gladys Chavez Cossio, deplores that certain members of the European Parliament have exploited the issue of immigration as a pretext to try to “Europeanize” a bilateral crisis and “evade the real causes” of the crisis between Morocco and Spain.

In the same context, the Peruvian legislative institution hailed the “commitment” of King Mohammed VI, in his capacity as African Leader on the issue of migration, his personal action in favor of the fight against illegal immigration, as well as that the Sovereign’s decision to definitively settle the issue of unaccompanied Moroccan minors in some European countries.

In addition, the Congress hailed the major role of the Kingdom in the management of Afro-European migration and the concrete measures taken by Morocco to fight against illegal migration in its regional space and against trafficking in human beings, welcoming the firm Rabat’s commitment to maintain good neighborly relations with the European Union and the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

The motion notes that the EP’s decision regarding the bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain contains unfounded observations with regard to the policies and mechanisms put in place by Rabat to fight against illegal immigration, noting that it does not reflect nor the reality of the distinguished partnership between the EU and the Kingdom, as it does not change the political and bilateral nature of the crisis between the two neighboring countries.

The Peruvian Congress recalls, in this regard, the adoption by Morocco in 2013 of the National Immigration and Asylum Strategy, which between 2014 and 2020 made it possible to regularize the situation of thousands of migrants, especially those from Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa, noting that Morocco has hosted, since 2020, the African Migration Observatory, based in Rabat, in recognition of the fundamental role of Morocco and its experience in the field of migration.

The resolution notes that Morocco’s cooperation in the field of migration has made it possible to abort more than 14,000 illegal immigration attempts, to dismantle 5,000 networks active in this area, to rescue more than 80,500 migrants at sea and to prevent countless intrusion attempts. Morocco is a responsible actor and has the right to demand that the responsibility for dealing with the migratory phenomenon be shared in the same spirit of commitment and mutual trust with its neighbors, concludes the Peruvian Congress.

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