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A Catalan party urges Spain to stop arms sales to Morocco

Oriol Junqueras, head of the Republican Left of Catalonia. / DR
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In Spain, members of the Republican Left of Catalonia have tabled a bill urging Madrid to stop selling arms to Rabat, local media reported on Tuesday.

The party believes that Morocco is engaged in an «accelerated» process of strengthening its military capacities. The kingdom is ranked seventh among the countries with which Spain concludes arms sales and second after Brazil outside the European Union.

The decision of the Republican Left of Catalonia is above all motivated by political considerations. As the party's text underlines, the value of Moroccan acquisitions from Spain over the past five years does not exceed 105 million euros. A very small amount compared to the billions of dollars spent by Morocco on contracts concluded with major manufacturers in the United States.

The same party argued that sales to Morocco do not «guarantee the use of these arms in the repression of the Sahrawi population in the occupied territories of Western Sahara».

This proposal is part of a context marked by actions carried out in the Parliament by Polisario supporters in reaction to the FAR operation in Guerguerate. It follows an initiative jointly presented on November 16 by MPs from Podemos and of the Basque Nationalist Party calling for the withdrawal of the Royal Armed Forces from the area.

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