Sahara: US decision establishes clear prospect for settlement under Moroccan sovereignty

Beyond the recognition of the Moroccan Sahara, the proclamation of US President Donald Trump is likely to create a clear and realistic perspective for a settlement of the Sahara regional conflict, under Moroccan sovereignty, said on Friday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing in The stranger, Nasser Bourita.

During a โ€œMinisterial Conference in support of the initiative of autonomy under the sovereignty of Moroccoโ€, held in videoconference, the Moroccan minister stressed the importance of the US presidential proclamation is not limited to the recognition of Morocco‘s sovereignty over its Sahara (…) but it establishes, above all, a prospect of clear and firm settlement: autonomy under Moroccan sovereigntyโ€.

The American position, coupled with the current international momentum in favour of the Moroccan autonomy plan, makes it possible to โ€œbreak the deadlockโ€ that has experienced the Sahara issue for several decades, and โ€œopens the promising path and new prospectsโ€, welcomed the Minister at this conference co-chaired by the Deputy State in charge of Middle East and North Africa issues, David Schenker, in which some 40 countries were represented, including 27 at ministerial level.

The Sahara issue is now experiencing โ€œan acceleration of transformational developmentsโ€, which is reflected in the decision of the United States, the broad international support for the autonomy plan, and the recent opening of more than 20 consulates general in the southern provinces, said Bourita.

As a serious, feasible, credible and compromise-based initiative, the autonomy plan is not just an intellectual concept, โ€œit is a pragmatic political path, a project of society and a constructive solution that is already under way,โ€ the minister hammered.

At the geopolitical level, โ€œthe autonomy initiative sets the ground for greater economic and security integration in the Maghreb region, and greater stability and prosperity throughout the African continent,โ€ he said.

He also wished to recall that Morocco remains committed to resuming the political process on the basis of clear parameters to which all parties adhere.

Morocco, he stressed, has demonstrated this commitment by responding positively to the UN Secretary General’s effort to appoint a new personal envoy, โ€œunlike other parties who continue to hamper the efforts of the Secretary-Generalโ€.