Western Sahara: Belgium supports Morocco’s efforts for a sustainable solution

benkirane-ellioThe Morocco-proposed autonomy plan for Western Sahara has gained further support from a member country of the European Union (EU).
The Belgian prime minister has actually expressed his country’s appreciation for “the serious and credible efforts” made by Morocco to reach a lasting solution to the Sahara conflict.
“Belgium reiterates its support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary General and his Special Envoy, Christopher Ross, to achieve a sustainable and mutually acceptable solution.”
The statement came in the joint communiqué issued at the end of the second session of the Belgian-Moroccan High Joint Commission, convened in Brussels on Tuesday.
Belgium “highly appreciates the credible and serious efforts made by Morocco in this respect, mainly through the presentation of its autonomy plan,” said the joint communiqué.
The commission second session was co-chaired by the heads of government of Morocco, Abdelilah Benkirane and of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, and was attended by a large Moroccan delegation including the Ministers of the Interior, of Foreign Affairs and cooperation, and of Justice, as well as the Ministers of Moroccans expatriates and migration affairs and of Employment and social Affairs.
In another development, the International Coalition for the Support of the Moroccan Sahara Autonomy (CISASM) has recently sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon requesting him to intervene to lift the blockade imposed on the Moroccan Sahrawis sequestered in the Polisario-controlled Tindouf camps.
The Denmark-based CISASM has also called on civil society activists to be more involved in the political settlement process through sustained support to the autonomy plan that Morocco has proposed as a consensual solution to settle once and for all the artificial territorial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

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