The Green March is a historical event, reminding Moroccans of the renowned speech delivered by late King Hassan II on October 16, 1975.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI will deliver on Wednesday, November 6 a speech to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Green March.
On November 5, the Ministry of Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced that the Royal speech will be aired on radio and TV channels starting at 9:00 p.m.
Last year on the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI delivered an unprecedented speech, inviting Algeria to join a “frank” and “direct dialogue” to break the political stalemate between Rabat and Algiers.
Algeria, a main financial and political supporter of the Polisario Front, opposes Morocco’s territorial integrity in the Western Sahara conflict.
Morocco considers Algeria a main party to the Western Sahara conflict. Morocco does not entertain any dialogue or negotiation with the Polisario Front as it lacks the legitimacy to represent Sahrawis.
In previous Green March speeches, the monarch emphasized Morocco’s established principles as a frame of reference.
One of the four main principles include Morocco’s refusal to consider any solution to the Western Sahara conflict other than within “the framework of Morocco’s full sovereignty over its Sahara and the Autonomy Initiative,” said the King in his 42nd Green March commemoration speech.
The Green March is a historical event, recalling Moroccans’ attachment and commitment to their homeland. Moroccans displayed incredible patriotism when late King Hassan II called upon his people to join a peaceful march towards the southern provinces in Western Sahara and to gather in the Moroccan town of Tarfaya, 100 kilometers north of Laayoune.
On November 6, 1975, more than 350,000 unarmed Moroccan men and women rallied in Tarfaya to cross the border into Western Sahara, in protest of the Spanish occupation in the region.