The Colombian Congress reaffirmed its position in favor of a "political, fair and lasting" solution to the Sahara issue on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy plan, while condemning the "inhumane practices" inflicted on the populations sequestrated in the Tindouf camps.

This position, which was at the heart of a resolution adopted by the two houses of the Colombian parliament, was read officially Wednesday to the press following talks between Morocco's minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nasser Bourita, and the chairman of Colombian Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Jaime Duran Barrera.

"We reiterate our full support for the efforts made since 2007 by the Kingdom of Morocco in favor of a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the regional dispute over the Sahara, on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy Initiative, which has been deemed as "pre-eminent, serious, credible and realistic" by the United Nations Security Council in its resolutions, as well as by the international community, including Colombia," according to the resolution, which was read out by Senator José Luis Pérez in the presence of Barrera and several members of the Colombian Congress.

Thus, the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over ts territory is an important element to "promote peace and stability in the Maghreb and Sahel region", the text underlined, adding that Colombian Senators and MPs express their "concern over the persistence of serious human rights violations by the Polisario Front, including the restriction of freedom of movement, expression and demonstration in the Tindouf camps".

They also express their "concern over the persistence of extremely inhuman practices against the populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps", while calling for the "census" of these populations in accordance with resolution 2414 of 27 April 2018 of the United Nations Security Council and the Geneva Convention as well as the relevant conclusions of the Executive Committee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Colombian Congress also welcomed "the excellent bilateral relations between the Republic of Colombia and the Kingdom of Morocco, which will commemorate this year the 40th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations", while expressing its willingness to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas on the basis of the "strong ties of friendship that bind the two countries historically".

This resolution, signed by MPs belonging to the major political parties, namely the Democratic Center, the Radical Change Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the Social Party of National Unity, the MIRA Party , as well as the Green Alliance Party (opposition), has also hailed the "reforms undertaken under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in various fields and that have enabled Morocco to strengthen its development process, promote human rights and become a haven of peace and stability in the African continent".

30/01/2019