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Date of posting : March 30, 2016

Sahara: French FM Reiterates His Country’s Constant Position in Algiers

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reiterated, here Tuesday, the constant position of his country on the Sahara issue, supporting the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco.

Paris maintains the “same position” on the Sahara issue, head of the French diplomacy said at a joint press conference with his Algerian peer Ramtane Lamamra.

Ayrault also expressed his hope for renewing the mandate of MINURSO and an “appeasement” in relations between Morocco and the UN, referring to official and popular protests in the Kingdom against the statements and acts of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during his last visit to Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria.

Early March, French Foreign ministry spokesman, Romain Nadal, explained that “for France, the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 is a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution”.

“The position of France on the Sahara is well known and unchanged”, he had said, stressing that Paris supports the search for a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution under the auspices of the UN.”
29 March 2016