Rabat – Twenty-one members of the Peruvian parliament expressed their support for Morocco’s independence plan for Western Sahara, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The 21 Peruvian parliamentarians stated their support in a signed letter to Ricardo Luna, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Morocco’s autonomy plan is supported by the international community and has been welcomed by the United Nations Security Council in a series of its resolutions since 2017, including resolution 2351 of late April, which described the Moroccan autonomy proposal as “serious and credible.”
The Peruvian MPs expressed trust that Peru will support during its presidency of the UN Security Council “the dynamics created by the Moroccan autonomy proposal, with a view to reaching a negotiated, fair and lasting solution to the Sahara issue,” according to the document.
The MPs also welcomed Peru’s official position on the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, which was widely presented in a statement that has been recently issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The statement indicates that the South American country does not intend to reestablish diplomatic ties with the entity.
In the letter, the Peruvian parliamentarians asserted that this position is in line with the Security Council resolutions concerning the regional dispute over the Sahara issue and with all the efforts made by Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Horst Kohler, personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for Western Sahara, reported MAP.
The letter also said that the Polisario’s so-called the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is not recognized by the United Nations due to the lack of the necessary conditions for the creation of a state. This situation explains Peru’s decision to suspend diplomatic bonds with the puppet entity, according to the same letter.
The document recalled that nearly 50 countries have suspended or frozen their recognition of SADR since the end of the Cold War. They also welcomed the decision of the Peruvian authorities to expel Polisario representative Khadijetou El Mokhtar to Spain after she tried to illegally promote the separatist front’s activities in the country.
The MPs also called for the adoption of the necessary judicial measures to ensure that El Mokhtar is held responsible for acts and for the violation of the sovereignty of Peru and its constitutional institutions.
In September, El Mokhtar, representative of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was arrested in Peru.
The SADR representative claimed that she was appointed to establish contact with the government of Peru in attempt to convince it to reestablish the diplomatic relations cut in 1996.
According to a statement issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September, Peru has no intention to recognize SADR. “The Peruvian Government is not considering restoring diplomatic relations with SADR,” said the statement.
“It should be noted that diplomatic relations with the [SADR] have been suspended since 1996, so the Peruvian Government does not recognize the official exercise of representation and diplomatic efforts of SADR delegates in our country.”