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"Mr President, I intend to talk about Ceuta and Melilla. We are facing an horrendous crisis that neither this Parliament nor the European Union can ignore. We are calling for more communitisation of all migration issues and a global and broad view of issues such as integration, asylum, legal immigration, illegal immigration and international protection. We are facing a crisis of management, a complete failure on the part of the Spanish Government. What is the immediate cause? There are several: mass regularisation, the ‘call effect’. We are facing a humanitarian crisis, a flagrant violation of human rights, a violation of Spanish and Community borders. The army, mistakenly at the border, humiliated at the border, with no preparation and no ROAS. Overflowing internment centres, overflowing social services (I would like to warmly applaud the NGOs and the governments of the cities of Ceuta and Melilla). Moral crisis: a democratic government that is complacent and submissive towards another country that does not respect human rights (a new statistic: 67% of Spaniards say that the government is too tolerant with Morocco). Crisis of responsibility: nobody is taking responsibility for the tragedy. Confusion, premeditation, lack of information and transparency, double attitudes and double language: first they are allowed to come and allowed to mount an assault on the border, then they shoot at them, displace them and abandon them to their fate in the desert; we do not know where they go and we do not know where they are taken. The use of the tragedy as a bargaining chip: they are sending us this message: ‘if we want to stop it, we can do so, but you must pay and you must look the other way and, what is more, you must not criticise’. Mr Solana is right: there must be no aid without commitment, without honest cooperation, without respect for others, without respect for human beings. What is the solution? It is difficult, but there are a few of them: more communitisation, more information, more demands, more external borders agency, more cooperation, more common aid, more common controls, repatriations with respect for human rights and the identification and sanctioning of untrustworthy countries. Morocco must respect human rights, offer credibility and trust and use the aid possible: otherwise the necessary neighbourliness will not be possible. And a final comment, Mr Catania: the Spanish delegation in the Group of the European Peoples’ Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats supports your proposal to create a committee of inquiry."@en1

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