Sahara: Autonomy Plan, 'Interesting Avenue to Explore' at Geneva Round Table, Says Côte d'Ivoire
The Moroccan autonomy plan is "an interesting avenue to explore" at the round table scheduled for December 5-6 in Geneva on the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, said Côte d'Ivoire, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for December.
"We think that the (autonomy) proposal made by Morocco is an interesting avenue to explore. This is Côte d'Ivoire's point of view," Ivorian ambassador to the UN Leon Kacou Adom said at a press conference Monday in New York.
Kacou Adom, who presented the Security Council's work program for December, also expressed the hope that the discussions at the Geneva round table would go "into substance".
"It is important to avoid the policy of the empty chair," insisted the Ivorian ambassador. "So, we really want all those who have been invited by Horst Kohler (the UN Secretary-General's Personal Envoy for the Sahara) to actually travel to Geneva".
"We also hope that in Geneva we take the time to go into the substance in order to identify the sources of the difficulties, and that, once and for all, we solve the problem," he stressed.
"We believe that we must first participate, but also examine more carefully the Moroccan proposal for autonomy which is likely to settle the Sahara issue," the Ivorian ambassador concluded.
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