Spain intensify its military presence off the coast of Western Sahara

Posted on July 11, 2014


According to security reports that Spain has intensified its military presence in the Canary Islands, located off the coast of the Western Sahara territory, particularly the island of Fuerte Ventura, where excavation for oil.

The newspaper Repubblica electronic calculated on the party’s leftist Spanish, that these security enhancements emergency may be related to finding sources of oil and that the Spanish authorities feared the possibility of conflict with the Kingdom of Morocco on entitlement to benefit from the oil, which can be found and perhaps also because of fears authorities Madrid occurrence terrorist operations in the region, not far from the coast area controlled by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The most aspects of strengthening the military presence in the region, strengthening the Spanish military personnel as well as the height of the war games and military exercises, including the Air Force and the expansion of the area of ​​security, sea and air military bases.
It is noteworthy that since the first sight of oil drilling proceeded Spanish authorities to contain the region militarily. It was a high-ranking military official in the Canary Islands, has said in an interview with reporters that the deployment of military radar in the islands is to control the movement of the Moroccan military aviation.
The newspaper noted the strategic and military importance of the island of Fuerte Ventura has been confirmed that the Spanish company Repsol, the possibility of extracting one hundred thousand barrels per day from the depth of the sea, and in practice has allocated envelope financially comparable to eight billion euros. Madrid is betting on the extraction of this oil to reduce the bill for imported oil and curb defuse the economic crisis that broke out in the country, as well as abroad linked to security in light of the unrest taking place in the oil-producing countries in the Middle East. The newspaper quoted military sources that in the event “to make sure the final of the presence of oil, the island will receive special attention within the scheme of national defense because the oil resides on the 60 km of the island and in the sea area disputed with Morocco and Morocco excavating turn them as well as oil.”
Mentions that there is no formal identification of the territorial waters certified by the United Nations for this maritime border between the Western Sahara and the Canary Islands off Spain because of the Western Sahara conflict. Spain refuses to sign any such agreement so as not to include the occupied territories to keep the dispute over the desert and the waters in the corridors of the Criminal internationalized European and United Nations. It should be noted that during the year 2001, a diplomatic crisis erupted between Rabat and Madrid, during which the Rabat government protested the exploration plan did not take into account the limits of Spanish water “regional,” which is originally with disputed Western Sahara. This took place within a multi-faceted crisis had dominated the two countries’ relations during the reign of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and led to the outbreak of the crisis in the island of Leila uninhabited, forcing Washington to intervene to resume the situation to its previous status. Detection and timely Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Dbaz plan stipulates joint cooperation in the voluntary return of migrants of African descent living in the country illegally to their home countries, under the auspices of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Rabat remained rejects deportation, with the exception of those who have proven that they have slipped from Morocco to Spain.

And. Swaileh

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