Algeria has invaded the island of Cabrera. Specifically, a portion of the waters of its National Park, after unilaterally deciding to expand its maritime sovereignty.
Although the decision of the African country came via decree in April 2018 , the Balearic Government of the socialist Francina Armengol , has just realized now.
The matter will arrive in the next few days to the Congress of Deputies and the Senate by the hand of the eco-sovereigns of Més per Mallorca, and the Popular Party, who yesterday did the same before the Balearic Parliament.
The Insular Minister of the Environment announced that he had already contacted the Ministry of Ecological Transition to know what is happening, and what consequences it can have for the islands, since the Government of Spain is co-manager of the National Park .
The Balearic deputy of the PP, Virginia Marí , described the matter as "very serious", since in addition to affecting the fishing sector, behind this expansion could hide the activation of already discarded oil projects, or about to be finally discarded, by the Government of Spain The most dangerous in particular, the Medsalt-2 project, promoted by the National Institute of Oceanography and Sperimental Geophysics and (INOGS) di Trieste (Italy).
The islands are celebrating almost a decade fighting against the numerous oil projects that are around its waters, and at this moment only Medsalt-2 survives. From the islands, the Ministry of Science and Innovation has been asked to declare the file expired due to “inactivity of the promoter”, but it has not yet happened.
Medsalt-2 is a scientific project that seeks saline deposits to investigate the history of the Mediterranean, but using the same method as oil companies , which, as reported from the islands, then sell their reports.
The project includes the waters between Ibiza and Mallorca, in addition to the south of Cabrera, which would now be under Algerian jurisdiction.
PP and Més per Mallorca want to know if the Government of Spain knew this extension of the Government of Algeria, also that it invaded waters of the Natural Park, and especially what actions it has carried out with the neighboring country.
Senator Més Vicenç Vidal recalls that these extensions must be made with the agreement of the two countries, and hopes that the central government has not accepted.
Virgina Marí denounced yesterday the "stealth" of this procedure, and described as "suspect" that shortly after the Algerian decision, specifically on February 1 last year, the Council of Ministers approved an extension of the Cabrera National Park, making that will happen to take care of its management Ministry of Environment, after a decade in which it had corresponded exclusively to the Balearic Government.
It also draws the attention of the popular that, two months after this allegedly unilateral extension of their maritime sovereignty, Gas Natural and Sonatrach , the Algerian state hydrocarbons company, announced the extension until 2030 , of their agreement that ended in 2021 to the supply of gas to Spain from Algeria.
«There is a tangle of interests. We cannot be calm or let ourselves be overwhelmed because we are in danger ”, warned yesterday at the Virginia Marí Parliament.
From the PP they consider that with whom the Balearic Government would have to speak, it is not with the Ministry of Ecological Transition, but with that of Foreign Affairs, which is the one that should mediate before Brussels in case of conflict.
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