Communiqué: Morocco Notes with Satisfaction the Adoption of Resolution 2351 by UNSC on the Moroccan Sahara Issue

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on April 29, 2017:

Morocco notes with satisfaction the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council (UNSC), on April 28th, of resolution 2351 (2017) on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

This resolution extends the mandate of the MINURSO for one year, within the strict framework of its current activities.

The resolution converges on several points with the assessments and recommendations of the UN Secretary-General, contained in his latest report to the Security Council (S/2017/307).

The Council clearly reaffirms the parameters of the political process as defined since 2007. This process should be guided by “realism and a spirit of compromise”, take into consideration the efforts made by Morocco since 2006, and take into account the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy initiative.

The UN body also hails once again the “serious and credible” efforts that have led to the formulation of the autonomy plan.

The resolution also reiterates the regional dimension of the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, and specifies the responsibility of neighboring countries, particularly Algeria.

Therefore, the Security Council joins the Secretary General’s appeal, stressing that “Algeria and Mauritania can and should lend an important support for this process”.

The responsibility of Algeria is also confirmed in relation to the census of the populations of the Tindouf camps. Indeed, the Council, and for the 6th consecutive year, recalls the importance of the census and -new this year- “insists that efforts should be made in this regard.”

Morocco hopes that the other parties will actively and constructively get involved in order to put an end to this regional dispute, as part of these parameters, precisely defined by the Security Council and in the light of their clearly identified responsibilities.

Morocco also hopes that the conditions for a real revival of the process will be met.

In this context, Morocco reiterates its commitment to work towards a definitive solution, within the framework of the autonomy initiative.

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