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Benin: Sahara Issue: Morocco’s autonomy plan provides “the only possible compromise solution”
Morocco’s autonomy plan, which was presented in April 2007 with the aim of reaching a settlement of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara, provides “the only possible compromise solution” to this regional dispute, Benin’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Jean Benoît Rego, said Friday in New York.
“Benin would like to reiterate its support to Morocco’s autonomy plan which was presented to the UN Secretary General on April 11, 2007, which is an essential part of the political process and the only possible framework of a compromise solution to this regional dispute,” he said before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly.
The Beninese diplomat renewed his country’s call to the parties to “show a spirit of compromise in order to find fair and consensual solutions and reach a final settlement of this issue.”
He also paid tribute to the UN Secretary-General for his efforts aimed at engaging in “a frank and constructive dialogue” between the parties and lauded the role played by his personal envoy with the aim of finding a “negotiated and mutually agreed political solution”, based on realism and a spirit of compromise.
Benin expresses hope for “a positive development of the situation in order to preserve the stability of this region of the Maghreb”, he pointed out.