the Belgian Committee of Support for the Moroccan Autonomy Plan launched

Belgian personalities with different backgrounds took the initiative in Brussels, the capital of Europe, to launch a support platform for the Moroccan autonomy plan in the Sahara. The presentation to the Belgian, European and international press of the “Belgian Autonomy Support Committee for the Sahara Region” (COBESA) took place on Thursday in the “Press club Brussels Europe”, in the presence of an audience of personalities, politicians, deputies, experts, academics, economic actors, political actors and civil society from Moroccan society and diplomats. According to the initiators, this initiative aims to support the UN process of seeking a political solution to the conflict around the Sahara in a “strategic” region for Belgium and for Europe and with the ambition of conveying a message of peace.

For the Belgian Federal Deputy and President of COBESA, Hugues Bayet, the issue of the Sahara cannot remain unresolved in the sense that the region deserves a solution of peace and tranquility that offers hope for a better future for its inhabitants. . “It is fundamental if we finally want to move forward with a peaceful solution to let the people of the Sahara live in peace by guaranteeing them real operational autonomy, as proposed by Morocco,” he assured, noting that “it is not accidental that “the United States, France, Germany and Spain have decided to take a stand in favor of resolving the situation at the United Nations in the light of the plan for Moroccan autonomy.” What inspires us in this committee is the desire to break the stalemate in order to achieve until a lasting peace settlement on the basis of the proposal for Moroccan autonomy “, stressed for his part the Belgian lawyer Yohan Benizri. According to him, Belgium will not be able to remain indifferent to the solution proposed by Morocco.

It is now necessary to get out of the polarization and stick to the international dynamics around the autonomy plan, he pleaded. The Moroccan Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Mohamed Ameur, reviewed the broad lines of the Moroccan autonomy solution for the solution of the Sahara issue, recalling that all Security Council resolutions since the presentation of the Moroccan Autonomy Proposal in 2007 confirmed its superiority. its seriousness and recognized its credibility. “By presenting this initiative for the negotiation of a statute of autonomy for the Sahara region, Morocco is part of a positive and constructive dynamic to put an end to the current stalemate and make progress towards a political solution of compromise,” he said. .

The self-government plan is a “win-win” solution that represents a realistic and programmatic way to end this conflict in accordance with the guidelines of the UN Security Council, Mr Ameur said. In its substance, the plan’s autonomy is in line with international law and the UN Charter, while fully respecting the essence of the right to self-determination and the Security Council resolutions on this issue, the diplomat explained. , in full compliance with international law, to resolve several conflict situations in the world while respecting the territorial area. the integrity of the states and respect for the special conditions of the affected regions, he pointed out, noting that the solution of autonomy is the most modern and democratic form of self-determination. According to the initiators, COBESA plans to raise awareness and mobilize political circles, economic actors and civil society for massive support for autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, far from dogmatic and ideological approaches that are totally out of step with the historical, legal, social and political realities of the Sahara -the question. Especially since recent international events show a growing interest in the search for a realistic political solution based on compromise for the Sahara region under the auspices of the UN.

These countries believe that the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative is the most serious, the most credible and the most realistic basis for resolving the dispute, recalled the Belgian MP, adding that the UN Security Council itself has adopted several times, the most recent in October 2021 “And if there is one organization that has this goal of peace attached to the body, it is the UN. We can not tax the institution with purported economic or geopolitical interests,” he insisted. COBESA President stressed , that the stability and security of this region is, more than ever, a crucial issue for the local population, but also for the Mediterranean and the European environment, and emphasized that the group that has just been set up believes that Belgium “can not become the balcony and has a role to play ”. “Our culture of compromise and our place in Europe plead for a greater role in the search for a peace compromise that will create a real autonomy that local peoples have deserved to regain for too long,” he said.

The lawyer and professor of international law Patrick Saerens, for his part, suggested that “after the states that matter within the European Union took the lead and decided to move the lines, Belgium, which maintains historical and political ties with Morocco, is called upon to be part of this dynamic “. “Without claiming to find a final solution, we will work in COBESA to get Belgian officials to abide by the European dynamics created around the Moroccan autonomy plan,” he noted, urging to seize the opportunities opened up in in recent years to support the Moroccan solution. For in his eyes, “the international and local context has never been so favorable as to help find a peaceful solution.”

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