Allies from Latin America, Gulf, and Africa have reiterated their support for the Autonomy Plan Morocco submitted to the UN in 2007 as a viable solution to end the conflict.
Rabat – “The group for the territorial integrity of Morocco” has issued a statement to reiterate support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, June 25, in Geneva.
The statement, from the group, made up of states supportive of Morocco’s stance on Western Sahara, emphasized the fundamental importance of the Autonomy Plan.
The group reminded the Council that the initiative has been recognized by the UN Security Council as the “unique and exclusive way to resolve” the decades-long regional conflict.
Morocco’s Ambassador Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva, Omar Zniber, read the statement which applauded his country’s constructive, voluntary, and sustained interaction with the High Commission for Human Rights.
The group includes Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Comoros, Gabon, Burundi, Djibouti, Senegal, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guinea.
Other member states include the Ivory Coast, Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Morocco.
In the statement, the member countries expressed their supportive position regarding Morocco’s voluntary efforts with “the UN human rights systems, especially with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),” as well as special missions.
The statement said that 12 special missions visited Morocco, including its southern provinces: Dakhla and Laayoune.
“Morocco also hosted a technical mission of the OHCHR, which intervened at the invitation of the Moroccan government as it aimed to strengthen the capacity of action of national institutions.”
The group also reiterated their full support for the UN-led political process to end the conflict, saying that the “issue of the Sahara is a political dispute managed in New York where the Security Council is making efforts to facilitate the achievement of a mutually acceptable political solution.”
Finding a solution for the conflict, according to the group, will make it “possible to realize the aspirations of the African and Arab peoples for integration and development.”