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‘Sahara conflict:Historical, Regional and International Dimensions’ gives intl focus to Sahara issue April 22, 2010

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“Sahara Conflict: Historical, regional and international dimensions” of journalist-writer Ali Bahaijoub gives an international focus to the Sahara issue, participants in a meeting to present this work said on Monday in Rabat.

Through its scientific approach, its methodology and the choice of the English language with which it is written, the book gives an international focus to the Sahara issue, the participants underlined.

+ An academic  methodology that gives the book its credibility+

“It is an academic book which is an important contribution to the debate about the Sahara issue,” said Michael J. Willis, a professor at the University of Oxford and a King Mohammed VI Fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies at the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, in a statement to MAP.

“It is a persuasive case for Morocco’s position of Sahara and it puts Morocco’s case forward in an academic way,” he said, adding that “it will also contribute to understanding the Moroccan cause  abroad.”

Willis said that “the writer who has been living in England for many years understands the British how they are doing things,” which allowed him to make this work in a scientific and credible way.

For his part Professor Driss Alaoui Mdaghri said that this book adopted an academic methodology in its elaboration, which gives it its value and credibility.

The book is a detailed study covering many aspects of the Sahara issue: historical, diplomatic, political and economic, as well as the Moroccan autonomy initiative, he added.

Secretary General of the Moroccan-British Society, Driss Ouaouicha,  said that the book is an elaborated and detailed work as the writer “brought document from the UN, the African Union, the Arab League and the Moroccan government.”

He added that the book gives the historical background of the issue where the writer demonstrates the relations between the government in Rabat and the southern part of Morocco.

+The choice of English language to reach out to a worldwide readership+

The value added of this book resides in the use of English which gives the Sahara issue a global dimension, said the Moroccan-British Society’s deputy vice-president Abdelkrim Bennani who considers that the book brings for the world library a brand new analysis of the Moroccan Sahara issue.

For Abdelhamid El Ouali, a professor at the Casablanca Hassan II Faculty, the book is “important and came out at the right time because we need books which are credible and well-written especially in the English language.”

Deploring the scarcity of books that meet the English international standards in the country, he stressed that writing in English enables reaching out to a much wider public.

“As for the book’s content, it is very interesting, factual and includes historical and political aspects,” he added.

“We need to publish valuable books and articles because Algerians are gaining ground through the mobilization of foreigners who do the job,” he said.

+ The pertinence of the Moroccan autonomy proposal highlighted+

The book “Sahara conflict: historical, regional and international dimensions” highlights the pertinence of the autonomy proposal submitted by Morocco as the only viable solution.

This book brings proofs that evidence the Moroccanness of the southern provinces and the long-standing ties between their inhabitants and the homeland.

The autonomy initiative, put forward by Morocco to settle this artificial conflict under the Kingdom’s sovereignty, is the main focus of this 488 pages–book, the upshot of 132 years of research (1878-2010).

The writer stresses that the broad autonomy proposed by Morocco reconciles the international law with the realpolitik while ruling out any biased interpretation of the tenets of this law.

He underlines that the informal talks on the Sahara issue could not be possible without this compromise proposal.



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