Juan Vivas, President of Ceuta. / DR
“It is shameful to see Spain entrusting Morocco with the task of stopping the flow of migrants,” said Ceutas President Juan Vivas.
Vivas, quoted by the Spanish news agency Europa Press, told reporters at a meeting that he should “have a friendly and good neighborly relationship with [Morocco]”, adding that Spain cannot count on the kingdom.
In addition, the elected representative of the Spanish People’s Party warned of the “extremely dangerous” economic situation of the autonomous city and stressed that it requires “the immediate intervention of the Spanish government”.
“Neither Ceuta nor Spain can maintain the current situation at the border crossing because the fragility of material and human resources is disgraceful for a country like Spain,” he said, recalling that Morocco closed the Trade Customs Office in August 2018, Melilla and seized a number of measures to harm the two autonomous cities ».
The Spanish official also accused Morocco of “unilaterally stopping trade and destroying Spain’s border crossing efforts, which are reserved for pedestrians and airlines”.
Juan Vivas has given assurances that he will contact the central government to promptly find solutions to the cross-border problem and the difficult situation that Ceuta is facing regarding the influx of unaccompanied minors.