Rabat - King Mohammed VI has addressed a new written statement to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibility in the search for a solution to end the regional conflict over Western Sahara.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI has addressed a new written statement to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on Algeria to fully shoulder its responsibility in the search for a solution to end the regional conflict over Western Sahara.
On Wednesday, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita passed along the King’s message to Guterres during their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.
Bourita said that the King expressed “on behalf of the country’s lifeblood, irrespective of their backgrounds, Morocco’s firm and resolute rejection of these provocations and unacceptable incursions.”
The King also stated that “Algeria bears a full” responsibility in the conflict.
“It is Algeria that hosts, arms, backs up, and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario.”
Morocco has been long urging Algeria to shoulder full responsibility in Western Sahara, including in the unbearable situation in the Tindouf camps. The North African country has been also urging its eastern neighbor to contribute to finding a solution to end the political conflict that has been ongoing for more than 40 years.
At the end of this month, the UNSG will submit his annual report to the Security Council on the Situation on Western Sahara. In his first draft of the report, which was made available on March 31, Guterres denounced Polisario’s activities in the buffer zones of Western Sahara, urging them to withdraw from the region as they did in April 2017.
Bourita’s visit came in response to Polisario’s maneuvers in the region. The Moroccan official traveled to the US to hold talks with senior officials in the US and to inform them of the “serious developments,” which could hinder the settlement process under the auspices of the of UN.
Bourita also met with US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan on Tuesday. During the meeting, Sullivan reiterated his country’s position on the Western Sahara conflict.
Sullivan expressed his gratitude to the Moroccan official and Moroccan people for their “strong partnership and friendship with the United States on shared priorities, including the fight against Daesh,” Sullivan spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the end of the meeting between the two officials.