US Congress renews Washington’s support to Moroccan autonomy plan for Sahara

us-congressThe US 2016 Appropriation Bill that has just been promulgated by President Barack Obama clearly states that the US aid extended to Morocco concerns the entire national territory of the Kingdom, including its southern provinces.

This is an encrypted message that Washington addresses to the Polisario leaders to incite them to accept the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco as a basis for the final settlement of the territorial conflict over this part of the Moroccan Sahara.

The US support to the Sahara as a Moroccan territory is not exclusively expressed by the White House, its current occupant and his predecessors. The same stand is adopted by the Congress, where MPs and Congressmen from both the Republican and Democrat parties have repeatedly expressed full support to the legitimacy of Morocco’s claims over its Sahara.

By the way, this support was reiterated by President Barack Obama during the historic meeting he had with King Mohammed VI at the White House in November 2013, a meeting that confirmed the longstanding strategic ties binding the two countries.

In the legislative report attached to the 2016 Appropriation Bill, the Congress reiterated its support for American foreign policy which backs a negotiated solution to the Sahara issue, on the basis of the autonomy plan, under Moroccan sovereignty.

Moreover, the Congress urged the US private sector to invest in the southern provinces of the Kingdom.

In the same report, the Congress expressed “concern over the failure to settle the Sahara conflict and over the situation of the populations living in the Tindouf camps, south-western Algeria.”

The same position is adopted by the European Union and last Thursday in Strasbourg, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, pleaded openly for the organization of a census of the populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps.

Her call came following the scandals of the embezzlement of European humanitarian aid to these populations by many Polisario leaders and their Algerian accomplices.


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