Chile: Parliament’s overwhelming support for Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara

The Chilean Parliament adopted Wednesday, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution supporting the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara, and inflicted thus another blow to the Polisario and its Algerian sponsors.

The resolution was adopted in the Chamber of Deputies by 66 votes in favor, 11 against and 22 abstentions, knowing that the rules of procedure of the House stipulate that abstentions are considered a favorable vote.

The lower house of the Chilean parliament also praised the pre-eminence of the Morocco-proposed Sahara autonomy initiative, which has been repeatedly described by the United Nations and the international community as a serious and credible plan for the final settlement of the territorial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara between the Kingdom and Algeria.

In the text of their resolution, Chilean MPs described the Moroccan autonomy plan as “a serious and credible effort that will undoubtedly allow the people of the Sahara to exercise their right to self-determination by democratically managing their own affairs through legislative, executive and judicial bodies, enjoying exclusive powers under the sovereignty of Morocco”.

Since it was presented to the UN on April 10, 2007, the Moroccan autonomy proposal for the Sahara has been approved by Security Council resolutions 1754, 1783 and 1813. The resolutions, all adopted unanimously, described the proposal as serious and credible, recalled the Chilean MPs in their resolution.

In response to the United Nations appeal for a political, definitive and mutually acceptable solution, Morocco presented in April 2007 the autonomy proposal for the Sahara that leads to a win-win settlement, allowing the Sahara population to manage its affairs in a democratic, inclusive and participative way, explains the Chilean resolution.

The Chamber of Deputies therefore calls on the Chilean government, as a member of the United Nations, to support and commit permanently to Security Council Resolution No. 1754, adopted on April 30, 2007.

The Chilean Resolution stands as another diplomatic victory of Morocco in Latin America and another setback for the opponents of its territorial integrity.


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