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Moroccan FM committed to pursue cooperation with UNSG to reach a final solution to sahara issue September 28, 2009

Posted by saharanews in Uncategorized.

Morocco expressed, here Saturday, “its commitment to pursue its cooperation with the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy with a view to reaching a final solution to this regional dispute, with full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom.”

In an address before the 64th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Moroccan FM, Fassi Fihri said Morocco’s proposal to settle the Sahara issue is “granting the population of the Sahara provinces an autonomous status that is likely to ensure their progress and well being and allow them to manage their domestic affairs in a democratic way.”

Fassi Fihri also pointed to Morocco’s “faithful” and “responsive” reaction to the calls of the UN Security Council to seek a political, lasting and negotiated solution for the regional dispute over its Sahara, while highlighting the country’s  “daring autonomy initiative”  that the international community described as “serious and credible.”

According to Fassi Fihri, “Morocco has been engaged, with the same determination, in the new dynamic stemming from its initiative with the support of the Security Council, through the negotiation track under the supervision of the United Nations.”

“In its resolutions 1813 and 1871, the Security Council called for serious and intense negotiations in a spirit of compromise and realism, with a view to reaching a political, lasting and negotiated solution in line with the principle of self-determination that cannot be monopolized by any one or interpreted in a selective manner to cover undeclared objectives and a hidden agenda”, he added.

On regional issues, Fassi Fihri pointed to the fact that H.M. King Mohammad VI “reiterated Morocco’s strong and standing resolve to contribute in good faith to the consolidation of the Maghreb Arab Union, to the reactivation of its structures, and the strengthening of the relations among its five members, in particular, with Algeria.”

This regional body, according to Fassi Fihri can indeed play a central role in building fruitful partnerships and ensuring security and stability at the level of African, Middle eastern and Mediterranean region.

Our belief in the need for reactivating the Maghreb Arab entity, as an embodiment of our peoples’ hopes and aspirations, is commensurate with our sincere desire to work for the removal of all obstacles impeding the fulfillment of our peoples’ expectations in terms of communication, integration, he said.




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