Mohamed Ameur: Europe Must Show a Stronger Commitment to the Conflict Settlement in Moroccan Sahara

The Ambassador of Morocco to Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mohamed Ameur, stressed last Thursday March 18th, that Europe must show a stronger commitment in favor of the settlement of the regional conflict around the Moroccan Sahara.

The Ambassador of Morocco to Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mohamed Ameur, stressed last Thursday March 18th, that Europe must show a stronger commitment in favor of the settlement of the regional conflict around the Moroccan Sahara.

“It is time for Europe to get more involved in the resolution of this conflict and to commit to supporting the proposal for autonomy in the Southern Provinces presented by Morocco,” said the ambassador, during a meeting via videoconference organized by the Belgian Artistic and Royal Circle.

Ameur insisted on the fact that the European Union could “not afford to have a position of negative neutrality”, indicating that in the face of security, migration and climate issues and the threats weighing on the region, Europe must be involved in the process of overcoming this blockage to regain unity.

“Due to its geographical, historical and cultural proximity, Europe is directly impacted by this conflict”, explained the ambassador, describing the fact that more and more voices were raised in recent times in Europe in order to advance the resolution of this artificial dispute.

During this videoconference organized under the theme: “the recognition by the United States of Moroccan sovereignty over the Saharan provinces: meaning and scope”, Mohamed Ameur returned to the American decision which, according to him, falls within “a perspective of peace and a logic of solution “.

The American recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara has broken the status quo and triggered a positive dynamic at the international level, welcomed the ambassador.

Recalling the opening by several countries of consulates in the southern provinces, Mohamed Ameur underlined the growing support for the Moroccan proposal for autonomy and for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, emphasizing the need to consolidate this dynamic and to support the autonomy initiative in the southern provinces under the sovereignty of Morocco, with a view to bringing this issue out of the deadlock.

The Ambassador also highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to resolve this conflict that has dragged on for nearly half a century and its commitment to the political process under the auspices of the United Nations. Morocco, he said, has always expressed its good will and favored a process of “negotiation and compromise” to achieve a consensual outcome to this conflict.

The diplomat also highlighted the strong socio-economic development dynamic initiated in the Southern Provinces which has enabled this region to become a pole of influence and prosperity in Morocco and Africa.

Finally, the ambassador shed light on the significant efforts made by the Kingdom under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed V, and the intervention of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) to restore and preserve security and secure movement of people and goods in the buffer zone of El Guerguerat, recalling that Morocco, which reaffirmed its commitment to the ceasefire, carried out this operation peacefully and in accordance with international law.

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