First modification: 08/11/2021 – 20:24
Spain called for consultations with its ambassador in Managua after the Government of Daniel Ortega issued an acid statement against the European country in which it accuses it of interference and of failing to respect human rights. Spain had expressed concern about the arrests of opposition candidates in the Nicaraguan presidential elections, as a result of the diplomatic clash.
Nicaragua once again staged a diplomatic clash as a result of the arrests of opponents three months before the presidential elections. This time, the crossroads of accusations is with Spain.
The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, called his ambassador in Managua, María del Mar Fernández-Palacios, for consultations on Wednesday, August 11, after the Government of Daniel Ortega issued a harsh statement against the European country.
Initially, Spain had drawn attention to Nicaragua for Ortega’s “repression” against political and social opposition actors, as well as against independent media. The Nicaraguan government responded by accusing Spain of “meddling, interference and intervention” and of not having “moral authority” to criticize Nicaragua.
After the exchange of accusations, the tension has reached the point that the Spanish Government requested the presence of the ambassador in Nicaragua to debate and decide on future actions.
The Foreign Ministry of the European country rejected “categorically” the words of Ortega and demanded that Nicaragua comply “with the international commitments acquired in the field of Human Rights.” The ministry stressed that the Central American country should guarantee “the rights of all its citizens and free political participation.”
Ortega accuses Spain of not respecting human rights
On August 10, the Ortega government sent an extensive letter requesting that Spain not interfere in its national affairs, in which it accused the country led by the leftist Pedro Sánchez of “continually failing to comply with the rights of its peoples to autonomy or to autonomic processes of independence “.
“The Spanish State, the one that blatantly criticizes, accuses and demands what they themselves do not give, history will never absolve them,” the statement said.
In addition, the Nicaraguan government reminded Spain of the GAL (Anti-Terrorist Liberation Groups) scandal, created in the eighties during the administrations of former socialist president Felipe González to fight against the terrorist group ETA.
The LAGs are held responsible for several crimes against human rights, although the case has not yet been clarified either in politics or in the courts.
The statement from the Ortega Executive also accused Spain of not having assumed “all its true responsibility in its fierce and brutal colonial and neocolonial history” and accused the Sánchez government of “fascism disguised as socialism.”
Nicaragua, increasingly isolated on the diplomatic board
The diplomatic conflict with Spain joins several recent confrontations between Nicaragua and other countries. The European country is not the only one that has raised its voice to criticize the political situation that the Central American nation is going through with three months to go before the presidential elections on November 7.
Since last May, 32 opposition leaders and candidates have been arrested and prosecuted for “treason,” thus preventing them from participating in the elections. In addition, the Supreme Electoral Council of Nicaragua recently canceled the legal personality of the opposition alliance Ciudadanos por la Libertad (CxL), which also prevents its participation in the elections.
The European Union and the Organization of American States have expressed their concern about the transparency of the electoral process, in which Daniel Ortega aspires to his fourth consecutive presidential term.
His Government, in fact, called for consultations with its ambassadors in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica in retaliation for the criticisms issued by these countries.
With EFE and local media