UN: Many countries voice firm support to Morocco’s position in Sahara conflict

Many countries have reaffirmed on Monday (Oct.15) before the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly their support for Morocco in the Sahara conflict opposing it to the Algeria-backed Polisario.

Saudi Arabia has thus expressed, through its Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abdullah Bin Yahya Al-Moalimi, its rejection of any act likely to undermine Morocco’s supreme interests, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In his address before the Committee, the Saudi diplomat stressed that Morocco has contributed, seriously and in good faith, to the process carried out under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations to reach a lasting solution to this conflict.

He also reiterated his country’s full support for the Morocco-proposed initiative, which, he said, offers an autonomy status to the Sahara, and which constitutes a consensual solution in accordance with international legality, the UN Charter and the resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly, while responding to the right to self-determination.

The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Yemen have reiterated a similar position before the 4th Committee and expressed support to the Moroccan autonomy initiative for the Sahara. They likewise welcomed the efforts made by Morocco to achieve a definitive solution, underlining that “the Security Council has, in all its resolutions since 2007 and until 2018, qualified these efforts as serious and credible to move forward towards a settlement”.

Even the ambassador of Venezuela, known to be a staunch ally of Algeria and one of the fierce supporters of the Polisario’s separatist theses, expressed on Monday his country’s backing to a “negotiated solution” to the Sahara conflict. He also voiced support to the approach of the UN Secretary General’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, to bring together “all” the parties to the conflict, including Algeria.

Horst Köhler has actually invited Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario to a round table, to be held in Geneva December 5 and 6.

The address Monday of the Venezuelan Ambassador Jorge Valero Briceño, before the Fourth Committee, was completely different from the usual terminology and phraseology used by Venezuela when dealing with the Sahara issue such as “decolonization process”. Instead, Ambassador Jorge Valero Briceño said his country supported “a negotiated solution” to the Sahara conflict, breaking away with Venezuela’s former rhetoric.

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