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Diplomatic Efforts Should Resolve the Unfortunate "Leila/Perejil" Event ... And More!

By: M. El Younsi

First, Leila is Moroccan, and it will remain Moroccan.

The Aznar's government claims the Island along with others, and Ceuta and Millilia have been Spanish for 300 years!

Well, these Moroccan cities and the rest of the islands under the existing Spanish occupation, existed since the geological formation of Africa as a continent, million years ago, they were Moroccan then, and they are now.

They were and still are inhabited by Moroccans; so, when the Spanish colonial power invaded Morocco, they did not bring any island with them, they did not bring any sand with them, they left theirs behind. So, the Aznar's government claim is void and a mere continuous colonial ambition.

It is amazing to see the EU and NATO supporting the "act of war" against a nation that has been historically friend with them and tied to them for centuries. One cannot simply forget the Moroccan blood sacrificed for their fight against aggression and independence. Morocco, stood side by side with these very countries that are now supporting the Spanish aggression against a peaceful and friendly nation.

Morocco, is a friend with Spain, and they should remain friends, because, we have cultural and blood relationship with the Spanish people, there are Christian families in Spain and Muslim ones in Morocco, holding the same family names, there are Moroccans who are living in Spain, and Spaniards who are living in Morocco. We should not escalate this unfortunate event over a rock to a point where we can compromise this historic and cultural friendship.

Morocco, is now trying to do just that, avoiding to compromise this historical ties, it is up to the Aznar's government to do the same instead of trying to inflict the damage.

As all Moroccans, Muslims and Jews, I support my country, my government and my King in defending our country. I believe the diplomatic way presently pursued by my government, is the only way to solve this unfortunate event, and I hope the two countries will soon go back to the situation before 07/17/02, and not to become hostile to each other.

Morocco, up to this point has been avoiding any act which will damage or compromise this relation with its neighbor; and the Aznar's government should follow the same path.

 

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