Morocco Warns Against Current Threat of Separatism in the World
Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, warned, Tuesday before the 4th UN Committee, against the current rise of the destabilizing phenomenon of separatism in some countries of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
This upsurge of separatism, Hilale noted, confirms that the political manipulation and exploitation of self-determination "are dangerous for many countries", threatening their stability, jeopardizing their development, fragmenting their regions and dividing their people.
Morocco, he said, strongly reaffirms its irrefragable attachment to the sacrosanct principles of respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of countries. "As it defends them with conviction, body and soul for its Sahara, it will stand by the side of all those who claim them for their own countries," Hilale underlined.
MAP 10 October 2017
Sahara Issue: Morocco’s Autonomy Plan Based on International Law (Ivorian Diplomat)
Côte d'Ivoire stressed on Monday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly that the Moroccan autonomy plan “is based on international law” and demonstrates the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to reach a political settlement to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.
"My delegation welcomes Morocco’s efforts aimed at reaching a final solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue, through its proposal to grant a broad autonomy to the Sahara region within the framework of Morocco’s sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity," Côte d’Ivoire’s permanent representative to the UN, Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, said.
Côte d'Ivoire, he stressed, considers that the Moroccan initiative "demonstrates the serious and credible efforts made by the Security Council, with a view to reaching a political settlement to the dispute, finds its source in international law and is based on arrangements that are consistent with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
The Security Council’s call to the parties and neighboring States to cooperate more fully with the United Nations and to be actively involved in the quest of a political solution shows its renewed will to find a comprehensive and lasting solution to this issue, which takes into account the general interest of all the peoples of the region," he pointed out.
This approach would undoubtedly strengthen cooperation between the member states of the Arab Maghreb Union, while creating the conditions for greater stability and security in the vast Sahel region, the diplomat noted.
MAP 09 October 2017