King Mohammed VI: The Moroccanness of the Sahara is free of discussion and we are negotiating to find a peaceful solution to the artificial conflict

The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, said – in a speech on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the “Green March” – that the Moroccanness of the Sahara is an established fact, and it is a matter that is neither discussed nor negotiated.

He added that the Moroccanness of the Sahara was never and will not be on the negotiating table, and that Morocco is not negotiating over its Sahara, but rather in order to find a peaceful solution to this artificial regional conflict, as he described it.

He renewed Morocco’s support for the efforts of the United Nations in the region. He also addressed those he described as those with ambiguous positions, saying that the Kingdom will not cooperate with them in economic projects that do not include desert cities.

The UN Security Council adopted a few days ago a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for an additional year, and 13 countries in the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution, while Russia and Tunisia abstained.

The resolution stresses the need to achieve a realistic, practical, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of Western Sahara on the basis of consensus. It also calls on the parties to resume negotiations under the auspices of the new Italian UN envoy Staffan de Mistura without preconditions and in good faith.

Algeria – which recently cut diplomatic relations with Morocco – announced before that its refusal to return to the round-table talks on Western Sahara, “an official and irreversible rejection.”

Algeria, along with Morocco, the Polisario Front and Mauritania participated in the latest UN-sponsored talks, but they were suspended after the resignation of UN envoy Horst Koehler in May 2019, who was succeeded this month by veteran diplomat de Mistura.

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