“It was really a historical visit as we had meetings with all the political, economic and media constituents of the Canary Islands. Concerning my evaluation to this visit, I can say that it clarified the relations between the Canary Islands and our national affair, the Sahara affair and we were fully supported by all the authorities we met: the Government representative in Tinerefy and his deputy in Las Palmas,
the Canary Parliament in Tinerefy, the Canary Government in Las Palmas and the political parties, that is the socialist party and the popular party. We, also, had meetings with the trade and industry chamber men where businessmen, industrials and traders of Las Palmas met, and with the media.
All the personalities we met, at the level of the government representative, political parties, the Canary Parliament and Government all of them have supported the autonomy project as they considered it the adequate solution reflecting democracy and development and respecting the international legitimacy.
This is why the Canary Islands are welcoming this solution as a definite solution to the Sahara issue. They promised us to do so as soon as possible even more they would like that these negociations would take place in the Canary Islands. They showed also interest in two important issues: first, the clandestine immigration and its drawbacks relating to instability and insecurity. They considered autonomy to be the best and quick solution to the Sahara issue as it would help us face the international phenomena of the clandestine immigration threatening the stabilty in this region. Second point, the necessity to cooperate in the different sectors with the future autonomy in the Sahara and with the Kingdom as a whole”.