Sahara: Autonomy proposal continues to gain sustained international support, King Mohammed VI

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI affirmed on Sunday that if 2016 was the year of the resolve and intransigence with regard to the Sahara issue, 2017 has been the year of clarity and of a return to the standards and principles for the settlement of this artificial dispute, and during which international support for the autonomy proposal has continued.

This support is illustrated by the growing number of states, which have withdrawn their recognition of the fictional entity, self-proclaimed by the Polisario, the Moroccan Monarch said in a speech on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.

In his speech, the King of Morocco dwelt on Morocco’s African policy, stressing that this judicious choice has had a direct and positive impact on the issue of Morocco’s territorial integrity, as reflected in the positions of the countries and the decisions of the African Union.

This new situation has strengthened the dynamics of this issue at the United Nations level. Similarly, this firm, unambiguous policy has helped put the process back on the right track, thereby halting the plots designed to divert it into the unknown.

The new orientation was confirmed by the UN Secretary-General’s report as well as the Security Council resolution adopted last April, be it in terms of commitment to the frame of reference for a settlement, the appreciation of the autonomy proposal as a negotiating framework, or the determination of the legal and political responsibilities of the real party concerned in this regional dispute, the Monarch insisted.

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