According to the document cited by the Spanish agency, Spain contributes 2.1% of the budget of the mission. However, the Iberian neighbor has not provided the United Nations with military personnel to reinforce the ranks of the mission responsible for ensuring compliance with the ceasefire signed in 1991.
The Spanish government, in its response, affirmed the mission’s mandate to be a “watchful observer” of development, while expressing a willingness to participate constructively in the success of negotiations between the parties to the conflict. Also the Spanish executive wants to “co-sponsor the relevant draft proposals”, confirms the same source.
Recall that Spanish diplomacy showed a particular interest in the question of the Sahara, after José Manuel Albers came to the head. The latter met several times with the UN envoy, Staffan de Mistura, for whom he reserved a military jet to travel to as part of his field trips. If Madrid shows such interest, it is because it is part of the group of friends of the Sahara within the United Nations, which includes the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom and France.
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