Morocco highly appreciated the new resolution adopted in April 30, especially as it put all parties on equal footing.
Rabat – Morocco’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta said that the UN Security Council Resolution 2468 has come to nullify any unrealistic or unilateral solutions from the “enemies” of Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Boucetta made her comments at the House of Representatives on Monday, May 6, emphasizing that the new resolution is a confirmation the credibility of Morocco’s position in the UN-led process: That the political solution for Western Sahara “must be pragmatic, durable and based on compromise.”
The official echoed Morocco’s principle regarding the conflict, emphasizing that the autonomy initiative is the only solution that is in line with the UN Security Council resolutions.
She added that the national cause regarding the Sahara has been seen as important and very positive, especially the “validation of the Moroccan approach in defending the legitimate rights of the kingdom and the various aspect of the position of Morocco and its effective commitment to finding a solution to this artificial conflict.”
Boucetta also mentioned the internationally positive position towards the autonomy plan and Morocco’s efforts are described as “serious and credible.”
She added that the latest Security Council resolution identified the parties to the artificial regional dispute by name.
The latest resolution called on all parties to engage in the UN-led political process to contribute to finding a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict.
She also recalled that the resolution finally mentioned Algeria five times, the first time since 1975.
“The Security Council recognizes that a strong, continuous, and constructive involvement of Algeria is necessary to put an end to this long-running regional dispute,” Boucetta said.
Boucetta’s statement followed strong messages from Morocco’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Omar Hilale, who accused Algeria of creating the Polisario Front.
Hilale also said that Algeria provides arms to the separatist front and carries “diplomatic campaigns” against Morocco’s territorial integrity.
But foreign diplomats have also applauded the “new momentum” in the Western Sahara political process. There is hope that emphasis on realism, compromise, and politically feasible solutions can finally inspire a breakthrough in the decades-long dispute.
Like their Moroccan counterparts, a number of UN diplomats have said that only though serious and genuine political will from all parties can compromise and trust building be happen in Western Sahara.
After the adoption of the resolution, Anne Gueguen, said that it is important for the four parties involved in the conflict to “continue their discussions in a custructive state of mind and compromise to reach a “realistic, pragmatic, just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution in accordance with security council resolutions.”
The diplomat also lauded Morocco’s autonomy initiative.