Sahara: Autonomy plan highlighted before UN 4th Committee

The autonomy plan for the Sahara was highlighted by several petitioners who took the floor on Wednesday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly. They explained the advantages of the initiative presented by Morocco to put an end to the Western Sahara conflict that is fueled artificially by Algeria, through the Polisario.

The autonomy plan, which was welcomed by the international community and world powers, was acknowledged by the Security Council as a serious and credible basis for reaching a settlement of the Sahara issue.

It is this reality that has been put forward by the petitioners, including Carroll Eads from the American NGO “Capitol Hill Prayers partners”.

Another petitioner, Karen Hardin, president of Priority PR Group, who endorses the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urging for a new dynamic in the political process, called for a “new innovative way to achieve self-determination” and put an end to a conflict that has lasted far too long.

Among other petitioners, Donna Sams of the Antioch Church insisted on the relevance of the autonomy plan as a third way to reach a final settlement of the conflict and end the suffering of the populations sequestered in the Polisario-run Tindouf camps.

In this connection, she recalled the position of Peter Van Walsum, the former Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, and that of Eric Jensen, former Special Representative, who had both come to the conclusion that the autonomy plan was the only viable solution to the Sahara issue.

Andrew Rosemarine, a British lawyer specializing in international law, described the autonomy plan as a “fair, flexible and far-sighted” plan that is likely to “meet the aspirations of the region’s population” through “ending separation and exile and promoting reconciliation”.


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