DIA-9 march 2017: Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso Dastis on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support to the right of the Sahrawi people to self-determination, recalling that Spain has a « historical and emotional » connection with occupied Western Sahara people.
« The Spanish government supports the UN Secretary General efforts in assisting the parties to finding just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution which guarantees Western Sahara people self-determination as part of the arrangements in line with the goals and principles stated in the UN Charter and in conformity with the UN Security Council resolutions, » Dastis said in an interview to APS on the occasion of his working visit to Algiers.
« Both as a member of Group of Friends for Western Sahara and the UN Security Council, we have defended the UN centrality and the capital importance of MINURSO (UN Mission for the Organization of a referendum in Western Sahara), » said the Spanish minister.
Dastis also evoked Spain solidarity with the Sahrawi people « though our humanitarian aid programmes to the Refugee Camps, as Spain proved to be one of the main donators. »