Morocco reviews closure of borders with Spanish enclaves

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Border crossing at Ceuta
Border crossing at Ceuta Credit: Nicolas Vigier flickr

A REPORT by Morocco’s Economic, Social and Environmental Council has concluded that closing the land borders with the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla will not end smuggling due to the lack of investment in the surrounding area.

“The closure of the Ceuta and Melilla crossings by Morocco, and the ban of commercial operations in the port of Melilla since July 2018 are effective measures in the short term,” said the report. “However, the closure does not focus on addressing the deep causes that allowed the spread of smuggling.”

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Morocco does not recognise Spain’s right to occupy the two enclaves and wants them returned.

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