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Monday, October 21, 2019
Written Press

Spain deems "unsustainable" the proposal by the United States to expand (MINURSO) mandate to include human rights monitoring, said Spanish newspaper "El Pais".


"Unlike other capitals, Madrid keeps silent on this issue, "however, within the Group of the Friends of the Sahara at the UN, Spain "clearly" declared that the U.S. proposal is "not viable," said the Madrid based newspaper of general circulation, in an article entitled "Spain and France reject the US proposal on the Sahara", released Saturday evening on its website.

According to the newspaper, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, is "for searching for alternatives to the U.S. proposal" like requesting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), not the High Commissioner for Human rights, "to appoint an envoy to oversee the conduct of security forces" in the region.

In addition, the paper reports general mobilization in the Kingdom rejecting the U.S. proposal, noting that due to this "unexpected challenge by the U.S., Morocco found two allies, Spain and France."

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