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Moroccan MFA`s statement on the EU Parliament`s resolution

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The resolution adopted, on June 10, 2021, by the European Parliament does not change the political nature of the bilateral crisis between Morocco and Spain.

Attempts to Europeanize this crisis are useless and do not alter its purely bilateral nature, its root causes and
the proven responsibility of Spain in triggering it.

The instrumentalization of the European Parliament in this crisis is counterproductive. Far from contributing
to the solution, it is part of a logic of short-sighted political escalation. this manoeuvre, which aims to
circumvent the debate on the underlying reasons behind the crisis, does not fool anyone.

The resolution is out of phase with Morocco's exemplary accomplishments in migration cooperation with
the European Union. These are the same people, trying to criticize Morocco in this area, who actually benefit
from the concrete and daily results of cooperation on the ground.

It recalled that no one in Europe can question the quality of the partnership between the European Union
and Morocco in all areas, including migration. The figures are there to confirm it. since 2017 alone,
migration cooperation has enabled the foiling of more than 14,000 illegal migration attempts, the
dismantling of 5,000 trafficking networks, the rescue of more than 80,500 migrants at the sea and the
preventing of countless storming attempts.

Morocco does not need a guarantee in its management of migration. The posture of the teacher and the pupil
does not work anymore. Paternalism is a dead end. It is not the punishment or the reward which induces
behaviours, but rather the conviction of shared responsibility.

The resolution of the European Parliament runs counter the spirit of the partnership between the Kingdom
of Morocco and the European Union. By trying to stigmatize Morocco, it is, in reality, the very principle of
partnership that it weakens. It shows, across the EU's southern neighbourhood, that even the oldest and most
successful constructions can be the subject of untimely and opportunistic actions at the European

As much as Morocco is satisfied with its relationship with the European Union, it deems that the problem
remains with Spain, as long as the reasons for its triggering have not been resolved. Morocco has never
judged the partnership with the EU by cyclical incidents but on the basis of long-term reliable action.
The position of the Member States of the Commission and of the External Service has been constructive
regarding Morocco's key role in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the positive appreciation of
cooperation in the field of migration.

2021.06.11 / 17:13
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