Three Arab parliaments opposed the Arab League's decision to support the Kingdom of Morocco. The Arab parliament had rejected the decision of the European parliament accusing Morocco of employing minors in its political crisis with Spain and pushing to penalise it.
The decision, which obtained an overwhelming majority during the emergency session in Cairo on Saturday, was contested by Algeria, Syria and Lebanon, and while Algeria is still opposed to Moroccan interests and Syria has no decision, given the turbulent situation on its territory, the surprise came from Lebanon, which has no political differences between them and Rabat.
The representative of the Algerian Parliament considered that the dispute was a bilateral one between two countries and called on the Arab Parliament to distance itself from the issue. The Algerian National Assembly expressed "its conservative remarks on certain paragraphs of the draft resolution concerning a Moroccan-Spanish dispute". Morocco's neighbouring state also called for "the need to distance the institutions of joint Arab action from what can be resolved in a purely bilateral framework and to work to promote the role of the Arab parliament in defending the issues and hopes of the Arab peoples".
The Algerian delegation then suggested "the possibility of organising a meeting with the European Parliament devoted to correcting relations between the two parliamentary institutions by discussing all issues and questions of interest to both parties, including contentious issues, with the aim of establishing higher, wiser, more realistic and beneficial cooperation mechanisms and working methods for the peoples of the two regions that avoid falling into the positions raised in the past," APS reported.
Despite the opposition of the three parliaments, the Arab Parliament issued a resolution rejecting the European stance towards Morocco saying that its "flimsy criticism and baseless accusations represent blackmail and an unacceptable politicisation of the Kingdom of Morocco's efforts to solve the problem of illegal immigration".
In a resolution issued after an emergency session in Cairo on Saturday, the Arab Parliament condemned what it described as "the intervention of the European Parliament and its insistence on getting involved in a bilateral crisis between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Spain, which can be resolved through diplomatic means and direct bilateral negotiations between the two countries.
The original article appeared on Al Ayam 24.