Moviment Graffitti condemns in the strongest possible terms the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States, which has been reportedly approved by Cabinet.
Malta’s Constitution clearly states that our country is neutral and explicitly prohibits foreign military forces on our territory. US military personnel should not even set foot in Malta, let alone be given impunity and ceding Maltese sovereignty over them.
If the reports are correct, the Labour Government would be betraying what Dom Mintoff and the Labour Party have fought for and achieved. A SOFA agreement would limit Malta’s jurisdiction over the US military in Malta, meaning that the US would be able to commit crimes on Maltese soil and act against Malta’s interest, with relative ease and impunity.
Moreover, the motivation for such an agreement allegedly stems from the fact that long years of high-level corruption and the underhanded promotion of Malta as a money laundering hub have necessitated this agreement so that our country avoids being blacklisted in the domain of financial services. This necessity confirms and attempts to conceal Malta’s lax enforcement, if not direct promotion of money laundering, and which will result in the erosion of our constitutional right to peace and neutrality.
Not only is this clearly unconstitutional, but it also makes Malta a promoter of war and military aggression. It is indeed sad to see that the Maltese Government is ready to use nationalist slogans against the most vulnerable – asylum-seekers – but then accedes to an agreement that is humiliating to our country and against our interests. It is also ironic that the Maltese Government enters into an agreement that promotes war while at the same complaining about the “burden” resulting from refugees feeling these wars.
The President of the Republic, Dr George Vella, is legally and morally bound to reject this agreement due to its evident unconstitutionality. We also call onto the Maltese people, especially Labour Party activists that have fought for Maltese neutrality, to make their opposition to SOFA heard and felt. In the coming days, Moviment Graffitti will announce further initiatives against the SOFA deal.