Sahara: Ban Ki-Moon’s Bias Spurs Support to Morocco

palacenThe bias of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his recent remarks hostile to Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara have revived the momentum of the international support for the position of the Kingdom and its autonomy plan for Western Sahara.

After the Gulf States, France, Russia and most recently the United States, through its Secretary of State, John Kerry, have all assured Morocco of their support in the Sahara issue.

During a phone talk, John Kerry was keen on reassuring King Mohammed VI that “the US position remains unchanged” on this issue.

The US support for Morocco ““falls within the framework adopted jointly by King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama in November 2013 in Washington,” John Kerry said, adding that “dialogue between the two countries would continue until a final solution to this regional dispute is reached, on this basis.”

Last Tuesday, it was the Central American Parliament “PARLACEN” which reaffirmed its backing to the autonomy plan presented by Morocco as a basis for a political settlement of the Sahara territorial conflict.

“We reiterate the position of the Central American Parliament in favor of the autonomy plan presented by Morocco, and we support the Kingdom’s efforts seeking to reach a peaceful settlement to the Sahara issue,” said Tuesday in Rabat, PARLACEN Vice-President, Roberto Carlos Montoya. Montoya is part of a PARLACEN delegation which is on a working visit to Morocco. The delegation also includes the parliament’s other Vice-President Julio Cesar and the central American institution’s Secretary Mauricio Diaz.

Following a meeting with President of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs “CORCAS” Khalihenna Ould Errachid, Roberto Montoya stressed that the Central American Parliament supports the search for a political solution to this artificial dispute in accordance with the parameters set by the UN Security Council.

Based in Guatemala City, PARLACEN is made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Several countries have an observer status, including Morocco which sits in the Institution as a permanent observer member.


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