In a recent interview with France 24, Bourita said that the solution to the conflict requires Algeria’s contribution to end the dispute.
“If we want to find a solution to this problem, it is necessary that this part [Algeria] is involved as much as it has contributed to creating this problem,” said the Moroccan minister.
He added that Morocco has long acknowledged that other parties have an “important role” in the conflict.
“And for us, the main party on this issue is Algeria,” he said.
Morocco was not the only party to urge Algeria to bear its responsibility in the conflict. On April 28, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2414, which officially called on the eastern neighbor to “get more involved” in finding a solution to the dispute.
He added that a “new episode on the issue” can only start, when all “the parties to the conflict are around the table.”
The Moroccan official also expressed condemnation, emphasizing that he “regrets” with “bitterness” how a problem that was created during the Cold War has continued “and that it slows bilateral relations with the Arab Maghreb.”
According to Bourita, Morocco has always contributed to the construction of the Arab Maghreb, and “the challenges today are collective and we will win together or we will lose together,” referring to Morocco and Algeria.
In recent months, Bourita has been renewing his calls to convince Algeria to recognize its responsibility in the conflict and to contribute to the UN-led political process.
Algeria, however, expressed its reluctance several times, with both Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel and Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia denying Algeria’s responsibility in the conflict.
Nevertheless, Algerian media acknowledged that the April 11 crash of an Algerian military plane put the eastern neighbor in an embarrassing situation since there were members of the Polisario onboard.
For decades, Algeria has been supporting the Polisario Front with military equipment, which has been used recently to undermine the UN ceasefire agreement east of Morocco’s defense wall.