The Moroccan Sahara issue is an "artificial" conflict that "serves foreign agendas," speaker of the Andean Parliament, Fernando Meza Moncada, said Saturday in Casablanca.

 Meza Moncada told MAP that his visit to Laayoune, during which he met dignitaries and elected officials, enabled him to better understand the situation, adding that he is convinced that "outside forces created this artificial conflict decades ago to serve their interests without any consideration for the opinion of tribal Chioukhs and local population."

The main purpose of the Andean Parliament is to constantly seek peace and stability and to encourage dialogue to contribute to the resolution of conflicts, he said, recalling in this context a mission to Colombia to convince the guerrillas of the importance of finding a way out to bring back security and stability to this country.

In Morocco, he said, "I have become convinced of the absence of any conflict and of the attachment of the Saharawi population to the territorial integrity of their homeland."

"There is not the slightest doubt about the attachment of all citizens to the Moroccanness of their Sahara," he stressed.

He explained that some parties are struggling to ensure that this dispute is dragging on to benefit from it, to the detriment of the suffering of children, women and thousands of victims in the Tindouf camps.

He also reiterated the continued support of the Andean Parliament for the Moroccan stance on the Sahara issue, which is in accordance with international law and the decisions of the UN Security Council, noting that Morocco's autonomy plan is "the only initiative that can bring peace."

"This is why we strongly support, at the Andean Parliament, the efforts of Morocco and support this initiative which represents a realistic solution to put an end to this artificial conflict", he said.

A delegation of the Andean Parliament is on a visit to the Kingdom at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house), Hakim Benchamach, as part of the good relations between the two legislative institutions.

Created on October 25, 1979 in La Paz (Bolivia), the Andean Parliament brings together MPs from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile.