Sahara: France will Remind Horst Köhler that Morocco’s Autonomy Plan is Serious & Credible Basis
French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will remind the personal envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler, at a meeting to be held this Wednesday in Paris, that the Moroccan autonomy plan, submitted in 2007, represents a serious and credible basis for the settlement of this conflict, the French foreign ministry said.
Le Drian will also recall France's commitment to full compliance with ceasefire agreements and reaffirm his country’s support for a fair, lasting and mutually accepted solution in the Sahara, in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the source added in a statement.
The French top diplomat will also reiterate the full support of his country to the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General in carrying out his mission as well as France’s commitment to the MINURSO, according to the same source.
Le Drian and Köhler will discuss the contacts made by the personal envoy of the Secretary-General of Nations since he had taken office in August 2017, as well as the next stages of his mission and the situation in the Sahara, the release pointed out.
France had welcomed, last August, the appointment of Horst Köhler as the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara, assuring him of its “full support" in his mission.
In a statement issued then by the French foreign ministry, France considers the autonomy plan submitted by Morocco in 2007 as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.
It noted, in this regard, that it is important to revive as soon as possible the UN-led political process for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, as laid down in UNSC resolution 2351 (April 2017).