Discomfort over the use of a Spanish military plane by the UN envoy on his tours of the Sahara – Hoy 24

Algeria has expressed its anger at the use of a Spanish plane by the UN envoy for the Sahara Staffan de Mistura during his tours, the last of which took him to Tindouf and then to the capital Algiers, due to the recent position Spanish support for the proposal presented by Morocco to resolve the artificial conflict in the Sahara.

She said spanish mediaToday, Monday, citing an Algerian official, an Algerian official said that his country had vetoed the diplomat Staffan de Mistura, personal envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Sahara, who was traveling to the region on a Spanish Air Force plane, as has been the practice for decades during tours of envoys, others to the United Nations.

A senior Algerian government official said that after Spain adopted its new position on the Sahara, “it has been excluded and cannot be linked in any way to efforts to revitalize the political process”, adding that “the personal envoy cannot have any debt to a country that has abandoned its traditional neutral position on the Sahara issue.

This latest Algerian decision highlights that relations between Algeria and Spain have not seen any progress since the crisis last May, despite the willingness of the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, to travel to Algeria last Tuesday.

Since last January, the Spanish authorities have made a military plane available to the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, and he made his first tour of Morocco, Algiers, Tindouf camps and the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.

De Mistura’s second tour, which was two months ago, took him to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, while he arrived for the second time at the Tindouf camps in the early hours of the day before yesterday, Saturday, and today, Monday, he moved to the capital. , Algiers, to meet with officials in the eastern neighbor.