Spain has lambasted the Polisario after its militias perpetrated acts of vandalism Sunday Nov.15 in front of the Consulate General of Morocco in Valencia and the Spanish government has “strongly condemned” these acts.
“Spain strongly condemns the acts perpetrated on Sunday by some participants in a gathering (…) in front of the Consulate General of Morocco in Valencia,” the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
These elements attempted to intrude inside the consulate building to hoist there the banner of the so-called “SADR”, “undermining thus the inviolability, integrity and dignity of the consular headquarters”, the Spanish Foreign Ministry underlined.
“No demonstration exercised within the framework of the right of assembly can degenerate into illegal actions, like the attempt perpetrated on Sunday, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the legislation in force”, the Foreign Ministry added.
“The government is seeking more clarification on the facts and will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure respect for the integrity and inviolability of diplomatic missions accredited to our country,” the Spanish Foreign department pointed out.
“Spain strongly condemns any action undermining the principles and values of the Vienna Conventions on diplomatic and consular relations of 1961 and 1963, of which it is a party and firm guarantor,” the statement added.
Morocco has condemned “in the strongest terms” these acts of vandalism and violence against its consulate in Valencia.
In a statement to the media, ambassador to Madrid Karima Benyaich expressed Morocco’s indignation, saying the Kingdom condemns “in the strongest terms these acts of vandalism and violence, which, like what happened in Guerguarat, confirms the mafia and outlaw character of its sponsors.”
The diplomat insisted that “these deliberate and absolutely unacceptable acts take place at the provocation calls launched this week by the so-called representatives of the Polisario, urging their supporters to stage demonstrations in front of all the Moroccan representations in Europe”.
The Moroccan diplomat said that Morocco “takes note of the condemnation of the Spanish Government which considers these acts illegal and a breach to international law and of its commitment to no longer allow these acts which only confirm the criminal character of these militias.”