Former Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes declared on Wednesday that outgoing US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara is “a disregard” for international law, criticizing the silence of her country’s government over the violation of the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination.
Speaking on a local news channel, Ana Gomes, a member of the Portuguese Socialist Party and Portuguese presidential candidate, criticized her country’s government for its silence on what she described as “a disregard for international law”, namely, Trump’s announcement to recognize Moroccan claims to Western Sahara in return for the normalization of relations between the Makhzen and the Zionist entity to the detriment of the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
Ms Gomes added that Portugal has defended Timor Leste’s right to self-determination, regretting at the same time its “absolute” silence on Trump’s unilateral decision.
Earlier, the Portuguese presidential candidate questioned in a tweet the reasons for the government’s silence on the issue, even after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed that the Sahrawi issue did not depend on individual recognition of states, but rather depended on the implementation of Security Council resolutions.
Ms Gomes concluded her intervention on this “unilateral” and “illegal” decision, saying that the question of human rights, among others, remains a fundamental issue for a country like Portugal.