UN-Sahara: Washington reaffirms Moroccan autonomy plan is “serious, credible and realistic”

The United States reaffirmed Friday before the Security Council, through the voice of its political coordinator to the UN, Amy Tachco, that the Moroccan autonomy plan for the Sahara remains “serious, credible and realistic”, and is a “potential approach” for a definitive political settlement to the Sahara issue.

“We continue to see the Moroccan autonomy plan as serious, credible and realistic, and represents a potential approach to meet the aspirations of the people of the Sahara (…) to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity,” Amy Tachco said before the fifteen members of the Security Council shortly after the adoption of resolution 2414 extending the mandate of MINURSO for six months until 31 October 2018.
Insisting on the need to resume negotiations in the framework of the UN process and the mission of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Horst Köhler, the US diplomat emphasized the “special and important role” that neighboring states can play in this process, a direct allusion to Algeria whose biased stand in this dispute is an open secret.

The United States hopes that neighboring states will demonstrate “their commitment to a realistic, achievable and lasting political settlement, based on compromise, by resuming negotiations without preconditions and in good faith,” said Ms. Tachco.

The “frozen positions” of the Polisario and Algeria “should not hinder the path of progress,” the American diplomat argued. She added that her country expects “all parties to respect their obligations with regard to the ceasefire and avoid any action that may destabilize the situation or jeopardize the UN process”, referring directly to the Polisario and Algeria, and the recurrent provocations of the separatists in the buffer zone of Guergarate.

“Unilateral changes to the status quo on the ground will not help us achieve a lasting and peaceful solution,” said Amy Tachco.

The Polisario and its Algerian mentors, which are already irked by the pro-Moroccan position of France, should be discouraged by Washington’s position that strengthens Morocco in its legitimate territorial rights.


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