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Date of posting : June 16, 2022

Geneva: Renewed Support for Morocco’s Territorial Integrity at Human Rights Council

Geneva – The Support Group for the Territorial Integrity of Morocco in Geneva, made up of 34 States, reaffirmed on Tuesday, before the Human Rights Council (HRC), its support for the full and complete sovereignty of the Kingdom over its Southern Provinces and to the serious efforts it is undertaking for the settlement of the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.


In a statement delivered during the 50th session of the HRC, the Support Group for the Territorial Integrity of the Kingdom welcomed the opening of several Consulates General in the cities of Dakhla and Laayoune.


After recalling that the Sahara issue is a political dispute dealt by the UN Security Council which recognizes the pre-eminence, credibility and seriousness of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco, the group welcomed the efforts of Mr. Staffan De Mistura as the new Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for the relaunch of the exclusively UN-led political process on the basis of the format established during the two round tables in Geneva, in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council, in particular Resolution 2602, aimed at achieving a political, realistic, pragmatic, lasting solution based on compromise.


In this statement delivered by Ambassador Sultan Chouzour, Permanent Representative of the Comoros in Geneva, the Group points out that the Sahara issue is a political dispute dealt by the Security Council which recognizes the pre-eminence of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco as credible and serious for a definitive political solution to this regional dispute.


The resolution of this regional dispute will contribute to achieving the legitimate aspirations of the African and Arab peoples in terms of integration and development, an objective that Morocco continues to aim for and for which it is deploying sincere and continuous efforts, say the members of the Group.


They also underlined that Morocco has been engaged for many years in a constructive, voluntary and profound interaction with the United Nations human rights system, in particular the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), for the promotion and respect of human rights throughout its territory.


In its resolutions on the Sahara, the Security Council welcomes the role played by the national and regional Human Rights Commissions in Dakhla and Laayoune and the interaction between Morocco and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, recalls the group.


MAP – 15 June 2022