Moroccan Sahara: a strong international dynamic in support of the autonomy plan thanks to sustained diplomatic action

Wednesday 20 July 2022 at 14:21

Rabat – Aware of the justice of its cause, Morocco, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, has undertaken sustained diplomatic action to defend its national sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

This action was immediately translated into real diplomatic breakthroughs through the broad support of countries from all over the world for the Moroccan character of the Sahara, but also through the international community’s inauguration of the Moroccan autonomy plan as a serious, fair and credible solution. finally close this file which has been running for far too long.

Following the historic turning point in December 2020 following the United States of America’s recognition of Morocco’s full and complete sovereignty over its Sahara, the support ball for the Moroccan character of the Sahara and the autonomy plan is pursued with strong positions expressed by countries from the European, African, Asian and American continents.

Thus, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeir, in a message addressed to the sovereign on the occasion of the New Year, emphasized that Germany “considers the autonomy plan presented in 2007 as an effort of seriousness and credibility by Morocco and as a good basis for reaching an agreement” to this regional dispute.

He also recalled “his country’s support for many years to the UN process in favor of a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution for all parties”.

Three months later, another European country, in this case Spain, had unequivocally expressed its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, while welcoming the Kingdom’s serious and credible efforts to find a solution to this conflict.

In this sense, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, had emphasized in a message to HM King Mohammed VI last March that he “recognizes the importance of the issue of the Sahara for Morocco”.

Spain therefore considered the Moroccan autonomy plan presented in 2007 as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for resolving the dispute.

The Spanish official also emphasized “Morocco’s serious and credible efforts within the framework of the United Nations to find a mutually acceptable solution”.

Following in the footsteps of Berlin and Madrid, The Hague has chosen to join this international dynamic of support for the autonomy plan.

In a joint press release published after talks last May in Marrakech between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and his Dutch counterpart, Wopke Hoekstra, Bas considered the autonomy plan “a serious and credible contribution to the political process led by the UN” to find a solution to the Sahara question.

In addition to the Dutch foreign minister, several diplomatic chiefs from different countries who were present last May in Marrakech on the occasion of the ministerial meeting of the world coalition against Daesh, were unanimous in highlighting the Moroccan’s trustworthy and serious character. autonomy plan.

It is in this spirit that Cyprus emphasized its support for the principle of respect for the territorial integrity of states and for the resolutions of the UN Security Council, strongly rejecting all attempts at separatism that Morocco, but also Cyprus, is facing.

For its part, Romania welcomed Rabat’s serious efforts to find a solution to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara issue, including the autonomy plan submitted to the UN Security Council in 2007.

It is precisely in this sequence of ideas that Serbia’s position is inscribed, which considers the autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty as a serious and credible solution to the question of the Sahara.

The primacy and primacy of the Moroccan autonomy plan was also confirmed by several Arab and African capitals, which on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the global coalition against Daesh made a point to confirm their support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom. and to the Moroccan autonomy plan.

Asian countries also joined this ball of support for the autonomy plan, such as the Philippines, which expressed its firm support for Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity while qualifying the plan as a “good basis” for autonomy to resolve the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara , or more recently Singapore, which, through its Foreign Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, hailed the Kingdom’s “serious and credible” efforts within the framework of self-government to resolve the conflict around the Moroccan Sahara.

This broad support of the international community for the Moroccan autonomy plan is encouraged to focus more on the benefit of the extensive diplomatic action carried out under the impetus of HM King Mohammed VI.

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