Defence Minister Robles Warns Morocco “Not to Play” with Spain

Defence Minister, Margarita Robles Image: ATME Twitter

THE Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has accused Morocco of blackmail over the migrant crisis in Ceuta and has warned the north African state “not to play” with Spain.

Robles warned the Government of Morocco that Spain will not accept “the slightest blackmail or questioning of territorial integrity.” The minister has accused Rabat of “violating the norms of international law” after allowing the massive arrival of illegal immigrants to Ceuta.

“We are not going to accept blackmail, the integrity of Spain is not negotiable or at stake and we are going to use all necessary means to guarantee territorial integrity and monitor the borders,” Robles said in an interview with RNE, the national radio station, on May 20.

She also accused Morocco of “throwing” its citizens across the border into the Spanish enclave and of “violating the norms of international law.”

“The government’s position is strong in the face of this type of blackmail, you don’t play with Spain,” he said.

“I do not understand the purpose of Morocco with this blackmail because with Spain they will not be able to. Morocco is a neighbour and friend but it has to reconsider what it has done. I am sure that Moroccan diplomacy will know how to draw its consequences,” she added.

Between Monday May 17 and Wednesday May 19 around 8,000 migrants swam into Ceuta. Some 1,500 of them were unaccompanied children.

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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.