The supporter is from Peru, which supports Morocco’s autonomy plan as a realistic solution to the Western Sahara conflict.
Rabat – The founder and president of the Peruvian Council of Friendship with the Sahrawi People, Ricardo Sanchez Cerra, has written an opinion piece on the Western Sahara conflict calling on Polisario to accept Morocco’s autonomy plan for the region.
Referencing the plan which Morocco proposed to the UN in 2007, Serra titled his article “Western Sahara: Why Not the Autonomy?”
“I have published a book and dozens of articles in Peruvian and international media about this cause. All this gives me today the moral authority, the right and the duty to be honest with my Polisario friends,” he said.
The scholar then acknowledged that he and other supporters of Polisario were backing Polisario’s claim of independence.
“But the international reality makes that goal illusory.”
The Peruvian activists also recalled that the Security Council adopted a resolution that called for a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution,” and described Morocco’s autonomy plan as a “serious, credible and realistic” solution to the conflict.
Serra noted US support for the autonomy plan, which said it “represents a potential approach to satisfy the aspirations of the populations of the Sahara.”
Under King Mohammed VI’s leadership, the Moroccan government has been mobilizing its diplomatic efforts to emphasize its assets and principles on the conflict.
Serra acknowledged that Morocco “has evolved its position on the conflict, moving from total integration [with the rest of Morocco] to broad political autonomy with international guarantees.”
He added that Polisario, however, is still reluctant to drop its independence claims. But its requests is “considered by many influential countries as anachronistic and a leap into the void.”
The analyst also commended Morocco’s policy, emphasizing that it is a “mature and modern state, with tremendous development potential.”
“And in these circumstances, its autonomy plan is valid.”
The analyst also criticized the circumstances under which Sahrawis live in the Tindouf camps.
“It is nearly 44 years that a part of the Sahrawi population lives in these arid deserts, assisted by international cooperation without prospects for the future and with less food support.”
The expert also commented on the positive positions of the US, the EU, and the AU towards Morocco’s cause.
“The European Union renewed the fisheries and agriculture agreements with Morocco including the territory of the Sahara, the United States has just extended for the fifth consecutive year trade relations and cooperation with Morocco to the Sahara region, the African Union decided to refrain from intervening in the Security Council in the Western Sahara council,” said the expert.
He then went on to add that “these achievements in favor of Morocco are compelling.”
Peru supports Morocco’s autonomy plan. In October 2017, 21 members of the Peruvian Parliament expressed their support for Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara.