Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, April 21, 2012
Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed the Moroccan Ambassador to the Arab League in Egypt to inquire about the veracity of the statement believed to have been made by the Arab League’s Secretary General, Nabil Arabi, in which he asserted that the so-called Saharawi people have to be allowed to exert their right to self-determination regarding the Sahara conflict.
“Given the fact that all peoples in the world are entitled to the right of self-determination, no double standard should be applied when dealing with the Saharawi people. The Saharawi people have the right to self-determination,” Mr. El Arabi was quoted by the Algerian newspaper El Khabar as saying.
This is the first time in the history of the Arab League that its Secretary General made such a statement, clearly taking side for the Polisario, an interference that will certainly anger the Moroccan authorities. Since Morocco reinstated its sovereignty over the Sahara, the Arab League has been kept away from dealing with this conflict.
This statement comes while the Security Council is discussing a draft resolution on the extension of the mission of the MINURSO until 30 April 2013.
The first draft of the resolution which has been obtained by MWN, is almost a replica of previous resolution. While it calls on the parties, to enhance their cooperation with the MINURSO, it reiterates its call on the parties to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary General without preconditions and in good faith with the view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable to the conflict.
It remains to be seeing whether Nabil El Arabi has made this statement or whether we are witnessing another Algerian attempt to disturb the negotiations underway in the Security Council concerning the extension of the MINURSO’s mandate.
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