A resolution passed by an overwhelming majority on Thursday expressed regret over the “unprecedented diplomatic tensions” that emerged after the recent influx of immigrants into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
On Thursday, June 10th, the European Parliament adopted a majority vote (397 votes in favor, 85 votes against) and multiple abstentions (196 votes) to call on Morocco to stop its “Stress” Promote Spain by organizing large numbers of its citizens to the Spanish enclave Ceuta. From May 18th to 19th, about 10,000 people took advantage of Moroccan deregulation opportunities to successfully enter border towns. Since then, 8,000 of them have returned to Morocco. Of the 2,000 people staying there, 1,100 minors cannot be deported under Spanish law.
Members of the European Parliament recalled that this phenomenon had nothing to do with immigration issues, but to Spain’s reception of Frente Polisario’s Saharan separatist leader Brahim Gali in April. After arriving to treat Covid-19-related complications, it has now returned to Algeria.
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Parliament specifically urges minors to return to their families quickly. However, the main purpose of the resolution is to ensure that Spain has the support of its partners and a coordinated response to an issue. The author of the resolution emphasizes that the issue is not limited to the conflicting relationship between Rabat and Madrid, but also involves The whole European Union. (European Union).
So far, European institutions have been very cautious not to complicate relations with Morocco. “Privilege Partner” Since 2008, it has been in an “advanced position” in the neighborhood policy. The Kingdom is the third beneficiary of European funds allocated to this policy.
Rabat is also regarded as an important pawn in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.Therefore, the Commission and the Council of Europe are limited to reviewing some principles, including the inviolability of the EU’s external borders, and mentioning the position of the 27 countries on the question of Western Sahara: according to the UN Security Council resolution, it advocates “Seek a negotiated solution” To this conflict.