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Date of posting : January 19, 2021

 Moroccan Sahara: Equatorial Guinea Reiterates Support for Autonomy Initiative as ‘Only Serious and Credible Way’ to Reach Solution

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea reiterated its support for the autonomy initiative as “the only serious and credible way” to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

“We support the autonomy status in the Sahara region as the only serious and credible way to achieve a peaceful and lasting solution to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara,” said Equatorial Guinea’s Foreign Minister Simeón Oyono Esono Angue, who took part in the Ministerial Conference in Support of the Autonomy Initiative under Morocco’s Sovereignty, held virtually on Friday.

“The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has always supported and will continue to support the territorial integrity of Morocco,” he stressed, recalling in this sense the recent opening by his country of a Consulate General in Dakhla. The FM also welcomed the organization by Morocco and the United State of this important meeting.

Equatorial Guinea, welcomes the recognition by the United States of Morocco’s sovereignty over its entire territory, as well as the US decision to open a consulate in Dakhla, he said.

“The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea congratulates and commends the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for the scrupulous compliance with the agreements and relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council aimed at promoting peace and security in the region,” Equatorial Guinea’s top diplomat stated.

“Therefore, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea appeals, in this regard, to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (…) to put an end to the situation that persists in the Sahara region, on the basis of negotiating the autonomy status,” Esono Angue concluded.

The conference, attended by representatives of 40 countries, including 27 Foreign ministers, was an opportunity to express strong support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the Sahara regional conflict.

Participants in this conference also pledged to continue their advocacy for a solution, using Morocco’s autonomy plan as the sole framework for resolving the Sahara dispute.