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Date of posting : October 9, 2017

New York: Several Petitioners Highlight Relevance of Autonomy Plan to Resolve Sahara Conflict

Several petitioners highlighted, on Wednesday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly, the relevance of the autonomy plan as an ideal solution to definitively resolve the conflict over the Moroccan Sahara.

Speaking on the occasion, Carroll Eads of U.S NGO “Capitol Hill Prayers partners,” urged the UN Committee to consider the autonomy plan as the basis for a solution to this artificial conflict that has lasted too long.
She stressed that the Moroccan plan is considered by the Security Council as a reliable, serious and credible solution to resolve the conflict over the Sahara. This is a form of self-determination, she said.
For her part president of “Priority PR Group,” Karen Hardin, welcomed the efforts of the UN secretary-general aimed at re-launching the negotiations between the two sides and resolving this issue on the basis of the autonomy plan for the Sahara.
She said time is ripe to think outside the box to find a “new and innovative way to achieve self-determination”, as advocated by the UN chief.
In her turn, Donna Sams of the “Antioch Church” stressed that the Moroccan autonomy plan is capable of constituting the third way to definitively resolve this conflict and put an end to the sufferings of the population held against its will in the Tindouf camps.
In this regard, she recalled the position of former special envoy of the UN secretary-general, Peter Van Walsum, and of former special representative, Eric Jensen, who both considered the Moroccan autonomy plan as the only viable solution to this conflict.
For his part, British lawyer, Andrew Rosemarine, noted that the autonomy plan, a “just, flexible and far-sighted” project, is the only solution that can ensure the well-being of the Sahrawis in the long term, as it guarantees a “high degree of self-determination” for the inhabitants of the Sahara.
The international expert added that the plan, presented to the UN in 2007, “is part of the building of a democratic and modern society, based on the rule of law, individual and collective freedoms as well as on economic and social development.”