Sahara: presentation in Rabat of two works by AUSACO highlighting the emergence of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 19:58

Rabat – The presentation ceremony for two books from the Coalition for the Autonomy of the Sahara (AUSACO), entitled “Rethinking the Sahara Dispute: History and Contemporary Perspectives” and “The Maroccan Sahara: Contours polemological and perspectives irenological”, took place, Wednesday in Rabat , the possibility of highlighting the relevance and emergence of the autonomy initiative as the only solution to the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

This event, organized on the occasion of the glorious throne celebration by the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco in partnership with the National Commission on International Humanitarian Law and AUSACO, is also a continuation of the actions taken by the Defense Coalition of the First National Case.

The first book, a comprehensive work in English published under the direction of French journalist-essayist Jérôme Besnard, brings together eleven thematic contributions on all aspects of the Moroccan Sahara issue and is based on the views of historians, sociologists, geopolitics, diplomats, security officials and experts in strategic studies.

As for the second book, signed by the researcher and expert on conflict and mediation issues from the University of Yaoundé (Cameroon), Alphonse Zozime Tamekamta, it looks at the issues surrounding the Moroccan Sahara and their impact on the development of the African continent.

On this occasion, the Permanent Secretary of the Academy of the Kingdom, Abdeljalil Lahjomri, welcomed the positive echoes evoked by the publication of these two works, which were unanimous in emphasizing that the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative constitutes an unchanging frame of reference for the dynamic led. of Morocco as well as evidence of the Kingdom’s commitment to reaching a consensual political solution to this artificial regional dispute.

In this context, he recalled that HM King Mohammed VI had emphasized in his speech on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the Green March that “our national cause is now part of an unstoppable positive dynamic” and that “Morocco in the Sahara is a truth is as eternal as it is immutable, therefore it does not suffer from any dispute first because the legitimacy of our case is confirmed by the annals of history, then because it is the deep desire and the burning desire of the Sahrawi people , finally because ‘far-reaching international recognition confirms it’.

Lahjomri also stressed the importance of these two works, which insist on the seriousness and relevance of the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative to put an end to this long-running regional conflict, and its political, economic and economic consequences. security at regional level and on the development of the African continent.

For her part, the President of the National Commission on Humanitarian Law, Farida Khamlichi, suggested that the presentation of these two books, which deal with an important part of the history of Morocco’s independence, is an opportunity to proudly commemorate the process advocated. of the Kingdom for the completion of its territorial integrity and to reiterate the constant mobilization of Moroccans behind HM the King to thwart all planned maneuvers with the aim of undermining the Kingdom’s sovereignty over its southern provinces.

She added that Morocco, strongly convinced of its full sovereignty over the southern provinces and the justice of its case, presented an initiative years ago to negotiate a statute of self-government for the Sahara region. , within the framework of the sovereignty of the Kingdom and its national unit, stating that this initiative has aroused broad support and strong support at international level as the only serious, credible and realistic solution to the artificial conflict over the Sahara Moroccan.

This support dynamic has been strengthened in recent years, in particular through the opening of Consulate General Councils in the Southern Provinces by several friendly countries, a gesture that strengthens these countries’ recognition of the Kingdom’s sovereignty over the southern provinces.

The coordinator of AUSACO, Abdellatif Aidara, stressed that “the Sahara is Moroccan by history and legal, political, geographical, cultural, human and socio-economic facts and by the will of the people”, claiming that the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative is “the only solution that brings stability and prosperity to the Mediterranean and the Sahelo-Saharan space and therefore to Africa “.

The publication of these two AUSACO books, he added, is a milestone because it provides a “healthy stimulus” to scientific literature on the Moroccan Sahara issue, especially in English.

“It is beneficial because a very large part of the scientific literature in French, and even more so in English, is dominated by analyzes based on reading grids, which are at best outdated, at worst erroneous, if not misleading, of this controversy. , and because it brings an African perspective to an issue that has long divided the continent and hampered the functioning of the African Union, ”he explained.

Sir. Aidara also believed that the importance of these two books lies in the fact that they shed updated light on the dynamics of this case on the ground and at UN level.

In return, Mr Tamekamta noted that his book (378 pages) is a contribution that looks at the issues surrounding the Moroccan Sahara problem and their impact on the development of the African continent.

Thus, the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative represents an initiative “highly valued, both by the African and international community”, something that is especially manifested through the opening of several consulates in Dakhla and Laâyoune, he said. explained in a statement to the MAP.

With regard to Mr Besnard, he returned in a similar statement to the creation of this collective publication, which shows the existence of broad support in the intellectual environment in favor of the autonomy initiative proposed by Morocco to put an end to this artificial conflict once and for all.

This book provides an “objective, serious and documented response to the erroneous arguments put forward by Algeria”, he argued, noting that it sheds light on this file, the autonomy initiative and the socio-economic development that the Sahara region is experiencing under leadership. by HM King Mohammed VI.

Referring to his contribution to the collective work “Rethinking the Sahara Dispute: History and Contemporary Perspectives”, the university professor, Mohamed Benhammou, noted that he had written two chapters in which he particularly urges Algeria’s involvement in maintaining the artificial conflict. around the Moroccan Sahara as well as the links that “polisario” maintains with criminal and terrorist networks in the region, the instability in the Sahelian space and the sustained efforts that Morocco has made to improve the security prospects in this region.

In this context, he noted that despite the progress made over the last two decades, the African continent has continued to be weakened by persistently diverse conflicts, noting that interregional intervention favors the spread of new threats, which further nourishes violence. , extremism and terrorism and the leadership region into a spiral of instability.

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