European Parliament Delegation Meets Local Officials In Southern Provinces
A European parliamentary delegation, currently visiting Morocco, went to Laayoune where they met on Friday with the wali of Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra region, Khalil Dkhil.
The delegation, comprising MEPS of the group of the Progressive alliance of socialists and democrats was briefed on the Sahara issue and the historical sources of the conflict.
The wali, who was accompanied by heads of Sahrawi tribes recalled that Morocco proposed a plan of large autonomy of its southern provinces while the separatists did not make any proposal and chose, instead, to exploit the human rights issue.
He also informed them on the Sahrawi populations’ firm attachment to the autonomy proposal as the only formula welcomed at the international level insisting that headways made in social development and infrastructure are evidence that Morocco is ushering the region on the path of modernization and democracy.
He also warned that settling the Sahara issue is an emergency, owing to the risks that this problem poses to peace and security in the Sahel region and North Africa.
The delegation members who had already met officials in Rabat will visit construction sites of major projects in the city before meeting with the UN Sahara Mission in the Sahara (MINURSO).