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Date of posting : January 19, 2021

Ministerial Conference in Support of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan Confirms International Dynamic of Backing to Moroccan Approach

 The Ministerial Conference in support of Morocco’s autonomy plan, held recently, confirms the international unwavering dynamic of backing to the Moroccan approach, underlines Morocco’s ambassador to Australia, Karim Medrek.

The Ministerial Conference in support of Morocco’s autonomy plan, held virtually last Friday, “comes, therefore, to confirm the international unwavering dynamic of support to the Moroccan approach which has never deviated from the principles of the international legality and the UN process,” the diplomat points out in an Op-ed published Monday by Australian on-line newspaper “Sydney Sun”.

This international unprecedented support to this plan, launched in 2007, “marks the prelude of a new era of peace and prosperity for the entire region and the end of an artificial conflict created deliberately during the cold war era around fallacious and obsolete arguments,” Medrek says, adding that 40 countries from all continents, including 27 ministerial representations, took part on Friday, January 15, 2021, to the virtual Ministerial Conference in Support of Autonomy as the only basis for resolving the Sahara Dispute.

This Ministerial Conference chaired by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Mr. David Schenker constituted an occasion for the international community to voice, once again, its unwavering support to this initiative to put an end to the artificial Dispute around the Moroccan Sahara, the ambassador notes.

All participants in this historic event committed to continue their advocacy for a solution, relying on Morocco’s autonomy plan as the only framework for resolving the Sahara’s issue, Medrek points out, adding that during the recent months, the Moroccan national issue witnessed the historic American recognition of the Kingdom’s sovereignty over its Sahara as well as the opening of around 20 Consulates General in the Southern provinces, including the American representation in the city of Dakhla.

During this Conference, the United States recalled that its decision has not come overnight, as all US administrations since Bill Clinton have expressed their backing for the Moroccan autonomy plan under the Moroccan sovereignty, the diplomat underlines.

“In this regard, the Conference constituted an occasion for the United States as well as for the rest of participants to call on the United Nations and the international community to examine more seriously this sole viable option to end, once for all, with this artificial issue.”

This historic event has also been an opportunity for the countries of the international community to hail the development projects launched in the Moroccan southern region, particularly within the framework of the “New Development Model for the Southern Provinces”, the ambassador underlines.