There were signs of a confrontation between Algeria and Spain because of the maritime borders between the two countries in the framework of the so-called exclusive economic zone (ZEE), where the Spanish Foreign Minister expressed his rejection of the map that Algeria set for the borders of this region unilaterally, according to him, a few weeks after the surfacing of the Algerian-Italian dispute over the maritime borders opposite to Sardinia, and Rome accusing Algeria of maritime expansion at its expense.
The Spanish radio “Cadena Ser” quoted the Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, as saying that Spain conflicts with the maritime borders that Algeria has adopted unilaterally for what is known as the “exclusive economic zone” (ZEE), indicating that she will visit Algeria soon without giving a specific date for the visit.
According to the Spanish official, Algeria extended in a unilateral way to the borders of the exclusive economic sea zone by a presidential decree dated April 2018, explaining that the new borders have come into contact with the archipelago of the Balearic Islands.
The Spanish diplomatic official indicated that Madrid expressed its opposition to what Algeria had done to push the other side (Algeria) to start negotiations as stipulated by the international agreements regarding the borders, but these negotiations, according to her, did not exist.
A few weeks ago, there were signs of a similar confrontation between Algeria and Italy due to the borders of the exclusive economic maritime zone, where an Italian minister accused Algeria of expanding unilaterally at the expense of Italy, specifically the maritime area opposite to the island of Sardinia.
The Minister of Relations with the Italian Parliament, Federico D’Incà, said at a hearing in the Italian Parliament, that the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Manlio Di Stefano, is preparing for a visit in the coming days to Algeria (he did not specify the date) and the visit will be related to the maritime border file between The two countries.
According to the Italian minister, a committee is being formed that can negotiate with Algeria on the demarcation of the maritime areas (ZEE), explaining that the first meeting will be held in late February and early March.
The Italian Minister for Relations with Parliament stated that “Algeria, by a presidential decree issued on March 21, 2018, declared the Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE) and defined it with a series of geographical coordinates, and the decision was taken without a preliminary agreement with the borders and neighbouring countries (Italy), what created an additional zone for it in West Sardinia with the Environmental Protection Zone (EZP) that was created by Italy in 2011 and with a similar exclusive economic zone that was established by Spain in 2013.”