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Date of posting : April 11, 2020

UNSC, International Community Do Not Care about Algeria’s Posturing on Opening of Consulates General in Moroccan Sahara

The Security Council received on Thursday a briefing from the United Nations Secretariat on the Moroccan Sahara issue, as provided for in resolution 2494, adopted on October 30, 2019.
Contrary to the wishes of Algeria, which mobilized its resources and galvanized its official and unofficial press, the Security Council has, according to diplomatic sources at the UN, ignored its agitations over the opening of the Consulates General in the Moroccan Sahara, thus considering that these are acts of sovereignty in accordance with international law and strictly within the framework of bilateral relations between Morocco and its African partners.
Algeria was the only state among the 193 UN member states to react to the opening of the Consulate General of the Union of the Comoros in Laayoune, instinctively via an aggressive press release, and to the opening of the Consulate General of Côte d’Ivoire in the same city by recalling its Ambassador to Abidjan.
The disdain of the Security Council, which remains the sole legitimate guarantor of keeping international peace and security, is all the more eloquent since the cascade of Algerian press releases has always been based on international law. In doing so, the UN executive body, the ultimate depositary of international legality, demonstrates the shaky aspect and the emptiness of Algeria’s arguments.
In addition to the ten African countries that have opened Consulates General in the Moroccan Sahara, countries in other regions of the world have announced their intention to open consular posts in the region soon, indifferent to the posturing of Algeria.
Algeria’s relentlessness over the issue of the opening of the Consulates General proves once again that Algeria is the main party to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, as Morocco has always demonstrated with lucidity.