Rabat, April 15, 2013 (MAP)
Secretary general of the Istiqlal party, Hamid Chabat, rejected on Monday initiatives undertaken to change the mandate of the UN Sahara mission (MINURSO).
“No one can impose any decision on Morocco”, Chabat told MAP following a meeting held this Monday at the Royal office in the presence of the advisors of HM King Mohammed VI, the head of government, leaders of political parties and some cabinet members to examine latest developments in the Sahara issue.
Underlining the unanimity enjoyed by the Sahara issue in Morocco, the leader of the Istiqlal party stressed that the significant progress made in the Sahara, mainly in human rights and local development, exceed by far the progress made in other Moroccan regions.
The best proof of the Sahara population’s attachment to their Moroccan identity is their massive turnout during the 2011 legislative elections, he added, pointing out that Morocco “which has ushered changes while maintaining stability” and which adheres to international efforts to struggle against terrorism, drug trafficking and illegal immigration, cannot be rewarded, in return, by “attempts to challenge its territorial unity”.
He also insisted that all components of the Moroccan society, including the government, the political parties and the civil society will confront attempts to modify the MINURSO mandate led by anti-Morocco small lobbies.
This is not the first attempt of the kind, he went on, stressing that previous plots were foiled “thanks to the people’s cohesion and faith in the legitimacy of its national cause”.