Autonomy Plan: Failure of anti-Moroccan attempt in Washington

usa-susan-riceThe United States remains true to its strategic alliance with Morocco, despite Polisario supporters’ attempts to harm this alliance.
Recently, a member of the influential Appropriation Committee at the US House of Representatives tried hard to introduce an amendment to a draft bill supporting the U.S. policy towards the Morocco-proposed autonomy plan for the Sahara, but in vain.
The congressman’s attempt, part of the pro-Polisario lobbying exerted by the RFK center and other Polisario’s supporters, was actually turned down by the other members of the Committee led by Representative Jim Moran (Democrat-Virginia).
On July 24, the members of the influential Parliamentary Committee, which was examining a draft bill on foreign operations budgets, reiterated their country’s commitment in favor of a negotiated settlement to the Sahara issue, based on the Moroccan autonomy plan. Washington had repeatedly described the plan as “serious, credible and realistic.”
Moran pointed out before the Committee that the position of the United States on the Sahara issue has remained unchanged from the time of the Clinton Administration to that of President Barack Obama, going through the presidency of George W. Bush.
The democrat congressman recalled that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said in 2009 that the U.S. position on the plan had originated in the Clinton Administration, was reaffirmed in the Bush administration and it remains the policy of the United States in the Obama Administration.
“I don’t want anyone in the region or elsewhere to have any doubt about our policy, (with respect to the Moroccan autonomy initiative), which remains the same,” Jim Moran said quoting Hillary Clinton’s remarks.
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart on his part highlighted “the strength” of this support to the Moroccan autonomy plan, noting that as many as 20 members of the Appropriation Committee had signed letters supporting the Moroccan proposal.
The draft bill is similar in its wording to those adopted in previous years and that have allowed the United States to release assistance funds destined to southern Morocco.

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