Mass Support for Morocco’s Autonomy Initiative at C-24 Seminar in Grenada
The Moroccan autonomy initiative for the Sahara was widely hailed and supported during the regional seminar of the Special Committee on decolonization (C-24) of the UN General Assembly, which was held in Grenada (the Caribbean) on May 9-11, 2018.
The representatives of Côte d’Ivoire, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Lucia welcomed the autonomy initiative considering that it constitutes a credible and serious solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, recalling the UNSC support for this initiative in its successive resolutions since 2007.
In addition to these countries, Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea and Chile have commended Morocco’s efforts to reach a political solution under the UN process, led exclusively by the UNSG and his personal envoy Horst Köhler.
These countries have also voiced their support for the UN political process and hailed the adoption of the recent resolution 2414, which called for a political, pragmatic, durable, and realistic solution of compromise to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
Several delegations backed the call by the UNSG and the UN Security Council to neighbouring states to contribute and engage more resolutely in the process. Other committee member countries have called for conducting a census of Tindouf camp populations as recommended by the Security Council in its resolutions since 2011, and in accordance with the rules of international humanitarian law.