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Date of posting : April 3, 2018

El Othmani:His Majesty King Mohammed VI had informed the UN Secretary-General of his rejection of the separatists’ provocations in Buffer zone

Morocco does not and will never accept the change in data existing on the field in the buffer zone, especially the construction of some buildings, said, Monday in Rabat, Head of Government, Saâd Eddine El Othmani.

Morocco considers any modification of data in the buffer zone as “an aggression against it,” said El Othmani, who was speaking at a meeting with secretaries general and first secretaries of trade unions and those of political parties not represented in the Parliament, over the latest developments in the issue of territorial integrity of the Kingdom, according to a statement by the head of government’s office.

During this meeting, which was also attended by the Minister of State for Human Rights and the Minister Delegate for the Interior, and which provided an opportunity to inform the participants of the various initiatives undertaken by Morocco to defend its sacred causes in the various international fora, El Othmani called on all political parties and trade unions to fully mobilize themselves on the issue of Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, noting that the kingdom is supported by UN Security Council resolutions which stressed the need to maintain the buffer zone status as it was before.

On this occasion, the Head of Government announced that His Majesty King Mohammed VI had informed the UN Secretary-General of his rejection of the separatists’ provocations, adding that the Sovereign will inform all the leaders of friendly countries of the latest developments in the region.

After recalling the positive process of defending the question of territorial integrity at the international level, El Othmani noted that Morocco, and upon the order of HM the King, is taking this issue very seriously, and will not allow separatists to have access to the buffer zone, adding, in this regard, that the Moroccan autonomy proposal is the most efficient solution, and has been described as serious and credible by many countries.

He also recalled the steps taken by Morocco to integrate various African regional groupings, on top of which Morocco’s return to the African Union and membership in the AU Peace and Security Council, noting that, thanks to the Royal Instructions, Morocco is beginning to consolidate its positioning, while the separatists are constantly regressing, as are their allegations within international fora.

For his part, the Minister Delegate for the Interior outlined the developments of the situation in the buffer zone and the manoeuvres fomented by the separatists, noting that Morocco is ready for all possibilities and will not accept the “fait accompli” policy.

For their part, the secretaries general of trade unions and of political parties not represented in Parliament have expressed their total readiness to join all initiatives aimed at defending the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, expressing their determination to counter any manoeuvres that would undermine Morocco and its territorial integrity.

02/04/18