MEPs wind up against controversial resolution on Morocco

MEPs from different political groups stood up in Strasbourg on Thursday against the initiative of some of their colleagues to pass a resolution hostile to Morocco. This controversial resolution, which divided the European Parliament since it did not gain the expected support, was boycotted by more than half of the members of the hemicycle who considered inappropriate and thoughtless to antagonize such an important partner for the European Union than Morocco. “I found it difficult to support this resolution and I voted against it. I am not sure that it should be taken seriously because it is based on a hodgepodge of fake news,” said Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský in a statement. “This resolution is counterproductive for the relationship between Morocco and Spain,” he explained. Morocco, he added, “has long been our reliable and serious partner. For the European Union, it has been one of the best partners in Africa. And that is why I did not want to support this resolution, “he insisted. Belgian MEP Frédérique Ries, for her part, expressed her rejection of this resolution which does not serve the interests of France. ‘Europe. “I voted against this resolution which does everything except call for de-escalation,” she said in a similar statement. She said “common sense would have wanted Parliament to call Spain and Morocco to strengthen their cooperation. Instead, the resolution pillory our Moroccan strategic partner and remains silent on the responsibilities of Spanish law enforcement agencies in the violence reported by NGOs – and for which the Spanish justice system has opened an investigation. ” add that “effective and pragmatic diplomacy is anything but inflammatory diplomacy. This text, on the contrary, and even to its title, is a mistake. ”MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk for his part lambasted the European Union’s migration policy which is not up to the current challenges, noting that “instead of seeking confrontation, we must look for ways to strengthen cooperation.” Refusing any Europeanization of the bilateral crisis with Spain, he affirmed that “bilateral disagreements between close partners must be settled through diplomatic dialogue”. In this regard, he highlighted Morocco’s efforts in migration cooperation, welcoming the Kingdom’s decision on the final settlement of the issue of unaccompanied minors in Europe. “Our strategic partnership must not be compromised. We must appease the situation by resuming bilateral dialogue “, he added. Same story with Danish MEP Søren Gade who said in a statement to have rejected this text because it does not reflect the reliable and close character of relations between Morocco and the EU. “I decided not to vote in favor of the text. I think it is important to have reliable and close relations between Morocco and the European Union “, he affirmed. The way of wisdom also reasoned with the French MEP Dominique Riquet who considers that “This resolution, when the situation is normalizing, is not likely to calm things down.” He considers that “it is not justified to strain relations with Morocco, which remains a capital partner of the country. Europe in Africa at all levels: immigration, security, economy… “This privileged relationship, he insisted,” must on the contrary be deepened and strengthened “.