Guterres highlights Morocco’s position in its annual report on Sahara

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has just submitted his annual report on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

In this report, the UN chief dedicates long paragraphs to the Moroccan position, quoting excerpts from the speech that King Mohammed VI delivered on November 6, 2017. The Secretary-General indicated in this regard that the Monarch emphasized that “Morocco remains committed to engaging in the political process, and the current dynamic wished for by the Secretary General, and to cooperating with his Personal Envoy”.

The report also mentions Morocco’s rejection of any solution outside its full sovereignty over its Sahara and its autonomy initiative, and the need for the Security Council to incite all parties to the conflict, particularly Algeria, to assume their responsibilities in order to definitively settle this regional dispute.

Guterres echoes in his report Morocco’s request that the UN Security Council be the only international body tasked to oversee the settlement process of the Sahara issue and rejection of any other obsolete proposal aimed at diverting the settlement process from the set terms of reference.

The UN Chief also puts forward Morocco’s commitments to further the socio-economic development of its southern provinces.

Actually, in his speech of November 2017, the Moroccan Monarch had said that “Morocco will not sit by and wait for the desired solution to be found, but will instead press ahead with its endeavors to promote the development of its southern regions and turn the Sahara into an integrated economic hub”.

Likewise, the UN Secretary-General highlighted the calm prevailing in the southern provinces during the period covered by his new annual report, and recalled the two tours of his personal envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler in the region, in October 2017 and in June 2018.

He finally recalled the adoption on April 27, 2018, of resolution 2414 in which the Security Council stressed the need to “make progress in the search for a realistic, pragmatic and sustainable political solution” and called on the protagonists to show “realism and a spirit of compromise”.

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