Rabat - April 15, 2013
Rabat – April 15, 2013
Secretary general of the Party for Progress and Socialism (PPS), Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah said his party firmly rejects any attempt to change the mandate of the UN Sahara mission (MINURSO) and to extend it to human rights.
In a statement to MAP following a high level meeting held this Monday at the Royal office to examine latest developments in the Sahara issue, Benabdellah expressed “astonishment” regarding this initiative which “seeks to stall the process to settle the Sahara issue on the basis of a bold political solution proposed by Morocco”.
“”Morocco is a victim of having expanded the democratic space, but does not fear addressing the human rights situation over all its territory, because everybody recognizes that the Kingdom is a democratic state that respects human rights and adheres to all germane international conventions”, he went on.
He also recalled that the “polisario” has not signed a single human rights convention, before wondering on the relevance of such a move and if this initiative will push forward the conflict settlement process.
He added that this attempt is only meant to foil the Moroccan autonomy proposal, warning that changing the MINURSO mandate will entail “dangerous developments” in the Sahara issue and “important drifts” at a time several parties are calling for an urgent solution to the artificial conflict, owing to terrorist threats and other traffics in the region.
The meeting held upon the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI brought together the Sovereign’s advisors, the head of government, leaders of political parties, and several cabinet members. It was devoted to the “latest developments in the National issue at the United Nations, and especially initiatives aimed at distorting the MINURSO mandate. “
According to a statement of the Royal office, the meeting was an opportunity to reiterate the national consensus on the constant position of Morocco to categorically reject such initiatives, insisting that while the Kingdom’s efforts in promoting human rights across the country – including in the southern provinces – are hailed by the international community and by many international partners, the partiality of this type of unilateral approaches, taken without prior consultation, in terms of content, context and method, can only create misunderstanding and rejection.