Rabat, April 25, 2013 (MAP)
The Moroccan Sahara issue and the vote of a UN resolution on the matter is the main topic that dominated the editorials of Moroccan dailies on Thursday.
Entitled “Drawing Conclusions” “Aujourd’hui le Maroc” writes that “Morocco’s adverse moment at the United Nations regarding the Sahara has finally come to a “happy end”, stressing that “the Kingdom has managed to score points by demonstrating its ability to conduct successful negotiations in time of crisis.”
For its part, “Le Soir Echos” argues that “Washington’s return to reason is due to two factors: the intense work of Moroccans and their allies, aware of the complexity of the issue, and the awareness of the real danger posing to the entire region in the event of any marginalization of Rabat amid a serious regional instability.”
“L’Opinion”, which puts “the voice of reason and wisdom” as a title, argues that “the Moroccan people, rallied behind HM the King to call for a waiver of the U.S. initiative, considered damaging to the long- standing relations of friendship and cooperation between Morocco and the United States, stressing that “the central role played by His Majesty the King has been critical.”
Under the heading “the New York lessons,” “Bayan Al Yaoum” believes that the diplomatic success of Morocco, which managed to secure the withdrawal of the U.S. draft, was the result of the determination of the Kingdom to foil any attempt aimed to undermine its territorial integrity and national sovereignty, adding that this determination was reinforced by the large-scale and relentless efforts of HM the King, the dynamics of official diplomacy, and Morocco’s contacts with the influential members of the international community, as well as the united political and social front which all rallied around the national cause.
In the same vein, “Akhbar Al Yaoum Al Maghribia” argues that Morocco has certainly won this round, but it “has yet to win the battle that turned to be long and complex,” noting that what happened in the past two weeks will remain engraved in the memory of both Moroccans and officials since the United States which took a unilateral decision without consulting with the Kingdom, and which was only about to further complicate the issue rather than contribute to a solution.
This opinion was shared by “Attajdid” which believes that the Moroccan diplomacy achieved a real victory, not only by managing to convince the United States to withdraw its proposal, but also given the amount of international support to the Moroccan position, including that of France, Spain and Russia, which has prompted the leadership of the Polisario to lash out at Paris and Madrid and even threaten to resort to violence again.
For its part, “Al Nahar Maghribia” notes that the Moroccan diplomacy has recently undergone trying times, especially with the U.S. draft resolution aimed to include the issue of human rights in the MINURSO mandate, a project that could violate Moroccan sovereignty and give the soldiers of the UN mission the right to monitor the situation of human rights in the southern provinces even if some of them have demonstrated their impartiality in favor of the Polisario separatists, as evidenced by the video posted on many electronic websites.