UN-Sahara: Moroccan autonomy initiative highlighted at C24 debates

The Ambassadors of several member countries of the UN General Assembly Special Committee of 24 (C24) on Tuesday (June 13) stressed that Morocco’s autonomy initiative presented on 11 April 2007 is “the only positive initiative” likely to achieve the political settlement sought by the United Nations to the artificial dispute over the Sahara.

In an address before the C24 meeting in New York, Grenada’s Ambassador to the UN Keisha McGuire assured that the Moroccan autonomy plan represents “the only positive initiative that offers the best opportunities to achieve the political solution” sought by the UN and the Security Council.

The autonomy proposal for the Sahara, she explained, “guarantees to all Sahrawis, inside and outside this territory, to play their full role within the institutions of the region, without any discrimination or exclusion”.

This solution allows the people of the Sahara to manage their own affairs in a democratic way through legislative, executive and judicial bodies with exclusive powers and financial resources for the development of the region in all areas, the Grenadian diplomat explained.

On the other hand, Keisha McGuire expressed deep concern over human rights situation in the Tindouf camps, pointing out that the Tindouf camps are the only camps in the world where a census was never conducted, despite the repeated calls of the Security Council.

The same opinion was shared by the representatives of Senegal, Coly Seck, and of Guinea, François Soumah, who insisted on the adoption of the Moroccan initiative under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations as a “political, negotiated and mutually acceptable solution”.

This initiative, “developed in good faith, remains more than ever an appropriate framework for finding a happy and final solution to this dispute on the basis of a dynamic compromise that takes into account realism”, said the Senegalese diplomat, calling for “a fresh look” on the evolution of the situation in the Sahara in light of this proposal.

The three diplomats also welcomed the measures and initiatives undertaken by Morocco to promote and protect human rights and the Kingdom’s positive interaction with the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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