By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, July 14, 2012
In a press briefing on Thursday in Rabat, Mustapha El Khalfi, the communications minister and government spokesman, said that “there has been no change of Morocco’s position on the withdrawal of its confidence in the personal envoy of UN Secretary General for the Sahara, Christopher Ross.
Mustapha El Khalfi insisted that any UN envoy must show fairness, neutrality and objectivity, “what Christopher Ross lacks.”
El Khalfi indicated that Morocco remains attached to the option of negotiations on the basis of the project of autonomy and national sovereignty as a political solution to the Sahara problem.
He also recalled that Morocco continues to exert its diplomatic efforts to enforce its rights and claims, noting that the position of the Kingdom is in harmony with the principle of sovereignty and its right that the negotiations are to be held with guarantees of honesty, neutrality and impartiality.
Morocco decided on May 17 to withdraw its confidence in the personal envoy of UN Secretary General for the Sahara. The Moroccan government accused biased and unbalanced guidance” in brokering unofficial talks between Morocco and the Polisario.
The UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, has renewed its trust in its personal envoy, Christopher Ross.
“The Moroccan government will not back down on the decision to withdraw confidence from the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Sahara as long as he does not adhere to neutrality,” Foreign Minister Saad-Eddine El Othmani told the Chamber of Representatives on July 2.
El Othmani added that his country was still waiting for the final decision of the UN Secretary-General in this regard.
Christopher Ross was appointed in early 2009 to succeed Dutch Peter van Walsum after objections from Algeria to his statement that independence of the Western Sahara region is not realistic.