Sahara: The emergence of the Self-Government Initiative highlighted during a symposium in Settat

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at 22:25

Settat – Speakers from Morocco and elsewhere on Tuesday in Settat during an international symposium initiated by the Joudour Foundation (Roots) for Moroccans around the world highlighted the prominent place of the Autonomy Initiative in resolving the artificial conflict around the Moroccan. Sahara.

This symposium, organized in partnership with the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad and Hassan 1st University of Settat and in collaboration with the Casablanca-Settat region and the province of Settat, is part of the positive dynamics that mark the national cause, in particular with the historical recognition of the United States of America by the full and complete sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara and the new Spanish position in support of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, as well as Germany’s position on the national cause, in addition to the opening of almost 25 consulates in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla.

This event, placed under the theme: “The Autonomy Initiative and the Bankruptcy of the Separatist and Self-Determination Thesis”, aims to shed light on the role of Moroccans around the world in defending the national cause and their advocate for the release of the sequestrants in Tindouf camps in Algerian territory, as well as the condemnation of the alarming and dramatic situation of these sequestrants and the serious human rights violations for which they are victims.

Speaking at the opening of this symposium, Aziz Wahbi, President of the Joudour Foundation, stressed that the cause of territorial integrity is the most important issue for Moroccan society abroad, noting that good information and political stance are effective weapons. in the hands of the Moroccans. staying abroad to convince local communities and refute the theses of enemies of territorial integrity.

He stressed that the current context, marked by the rage of mercenaries and their Algerian mentors due to the resounding victories of Moroccan diplomacy on several levels, requires more Moroccan vigilance in the world, which calls for major communication campaigns to support colossal work put in by the various national institutions.

For its part, the representative of the CCME, Mohamed Farssi, reviewed the efforts made by the Moroccan World Monitoring Council to defend the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and the strengthening of its advocacy in this area through a series of conferences and meetings organized in cooperation with national universities.

Sir. Farssi also dwelled on recent developments in the national cause, in particular the United States’ recognition of Morocco’s full and complete sovereignty over its Sahara and the successive international recognitions of the autonomy initiative as being the most serious and realistic way to achieve it. a solution to this artificial conflict, as well as the opening of consulates in the southern provinces of African and Arab and Caribbean countries, which definitely bury the separatist thesis.

For his part, Moroccan-Swiss researcher Obbad Noureddine, a specialist in development issues, highlighted Morocco’s efforts to launch a socio – economic revolution in the southern provinces, in particular through the launch of the dedicated development plan for the region, which aims to create employment opportunities and encourage for the creation of companies and competition poles in the area.

Sir. Obbad also mentioned the consolidation of investments in the agricultural and deep-sea fishing sector in the southern provinces and the project to build a university hospital center (CHU) in the town of Laayoune, a technology park in Foum el Oued and the promotion of Hassanie culture as a lever for development, in addition to a number development projects.

The program of this symposium was structured around interventions on a number of themes, in particular the ruling of the International Court of Justice and its position on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara and the context and extent of international support for the Moroccan “autonomy” initiative. .

The speakers also discussed Spain’s new positive position on the national cause and moved on to a careful reading of the “autonomy initiative: the reality and the challenges”.

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