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French senators to support Morocco’s autonomy plan in international bodies September 29, 2010

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French senators, who recently visited the Kingdom’s southern provinces, decided to stand up in international bodies for Morocco’s autonomy proposal to settle the Sahara issue, head of the delegation Christian Cambon told MAP.

Cambon also called on Algeria and the Polisario to “facilitate the negotiations” on the autonomy project, which was hailed by the international community as “serious and credible”.

Upon their return to France following a visit to the Sahara, on September 15-18, the Senators representing different French political parties have agreed to hold, shortly in Paris, an international conference to highlight the relevance of the autonomy project.

“Several factors lead us to support this project and our visit to the southern provinces only confirmed our belief in this regard,” noted Cambon, the president of France-Morocco friendship group in the Senate.

“We think this is a positive initiative that should be encouraged, as all solutions proposed in the past, including the referendum on self-determination, led to nothing,” he said.

Cambon added that the Moroccan project is backed by “the significant investments” achieved by the Moroccan authorities to develop the southern provinces.

The French senator also stressed the need to “take into consideration the humanitarian aspect” of the situation in the Tindouf camps  (south-western Algeria).

“Tens of thousands of Sahrawis are held against their will in these camps,” he said, citing, in this regard, the case of Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud, Inspector General of the polisario’s police, who was kidnapped on his way to Tindouf after he publicly voiced support for Moroccan autonomy initiative.

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