San Francisco - In king Mohammed VI’s speech to the Parliament, it was not what the king of Morocco said, it was more on what he hasn't said.
San Francisco – In king Mohammed VI’s speech to the Parliament, it was not what the king of Morocco said, it was more on what he hasn’t said.
It was a very clever speech or as some like to say “a’ la Hassan II”. The Algerians, and frankly many of us, expected the king to discuss the Sahara issue at length. None of that happened. He briefly touched on the subject when he said: “MPs have made significant efforts, particularly to thwart attempts to exploit the issue of human rights in our Southern Provinces and during our negotiations with the European Union on a fisheries agreement.
This is not what Algeria and the Polisario have expected. They were waiting for him to announce that Christopher Ross the UN envoy would not be returning to Morocco. At least that is what many Algerians media outlets suspected. They even concluded that the reason why the Moroccan foreign Ministry has not said anything about the visit of the UN envoy, is because the Moroccan monarch will be making a major announcement regarding the ‘Western Sahara’ and the role of MINURSO.
The King has successfully pulled the rug out from under whomever is now in charge in Algeria. Couple of days ago, Bouteflika was shown on Algerian TV in a pretty bad shape receiving Algerian diplomat and former minister of Foreign Affairs, Lakhdar Brahimi. He mentioned that he is doing “ beacoup mieux” – much better. But a picture is worth a thousand words and the poor man is in pretty bad shape and can’t even utter a word.
Polisaro were standing ready to receive instructions from their masters to go after each word spelled out by the king. Instead their hope has been dashed by the King’s speech. The Moroccans have finally understands that the Polisario thrives on propaganda and are doing everything possible to not give them a chance to use it against them.
The king has called upon all Moroccans to be proud that they belong to this country, and if they are not sure, they simply need to “look at what is happening in several countries in the region.” Many of us have done just that a while back, and we came to the conclusion that right next door, we are under constant threat from a military regime whose sole goal, is to defeat the Moroccan people. It won’t happen.
As for the Algerian people, if they too decide to look around, they will quickly realize that Morocco is the only peaceful neighbor. Would they choose to rather stay in good relationship with? Time will tell.
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