The US Proclamation on Moroccan Sahara distributed to 193 UN member states

The US text of the Proclamation of Moroccos Full Sovereignty over its Sahara was distributed to the 193 Member States of the United Nations, as an official document of the Security Council, in the six official languages of the United Nations.

In a letter accompanying the text of the US Proclamation, Ambassador Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, stated that on December 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump acknowledged that “the entire territory of Western Sahara is part of the Kingdom of Morocco”.

In her letter, addressed to the President of the Security Council and a copy of which had also been sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Craft underlines that the US Proclamation affirms that the Moroccan proposal for autonomy is “the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the territory of Western Sahara”.

Indeed, the Proclamation reaffirms the support of the United States for “Moroccos proposal for serious, credible and realistic autonomy as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute in the territory of Western Sahara”.

“The United States believes that an independent Saharawi State is not a realistic option for resolving the conflict and that genuine autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty is the only possible solution,” the historical document reads.

“We urge the parties to engage in discussions without delay, using Moroccos autonomy plan as the only framework for negotiating a mutually acceptable solution,” the US Proclamation further underlines.

“To facilitate this goal, the United States will promote economic and social development with Morocco, particularly in the territory of Western Sahara and, to this end, will open a consulate on the territory of Western Sahara in Dakhla to promote economic and trade prospects for the region,” he added.

The publication of the letter of the US Ambassador comes after the holding of the Ministerial Conference in Support of the Initiative for Autonomy under the Sovereignty of Morocco, which was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the Secretary of State US Deputy in charge of Middle East and North Africa issues, David Schenker, with the participation of 40 countries including 27 at ministerial level.

This conference provided an opportunity for the international community to express once again its strong and frank support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative to end the artificial dispute around the Moroccan Sahara.