Mass Support for Moroccan Autonomy Initiative at Grenada Committee of 24

Member countries of the UNGA Committee of 24, convening in Grenada, the Caribbean on May 2-4 May, 2019, voiced their full support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative in the Sahara region.

The representatives of Côte d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Papua New Guinea and Saint Lucia stressed that the Moroccan autonomy initiative is a credible and serious solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, as recognized by the Security Council in its successive resolutions since 2007.


All participants were unanimous in their support for efforts by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his Personal Envoy Horst Köhler to reach a political and durable solution to this regional dispute.


They welcomed the new dynamic in the political process, confirmed by the recent UN Security Council Resolution 2468, which called for a political, pragmatic, durable, and realistic solution of compromise to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara. 


Several delegations welcomed the holding of the two round-table meetings with the participation of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario, at the invitation of Horst Köhler, as well as the agreement by the four participants to meet for a third round table meeting, calling on them to maintain their commitment until the process is completed.


They commended Morocco for its serious and credible efforts to reach a political solution to this regional dispute, under the process of round-table meetings, led under the UN auspices.


All African countries, members of the C24 attending the seminar, namely Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo and Sierra Leone supported the primacy of the UN political process. In this regard, the Congo and Ethiopia recalled Decision 693, adopted at the 31st African Union Summit in Nouakchott, in July 2018, which endorses the African Union's support for the UN exclusivity over the political process.


Several members of the committee called for conducting a census of Tindouf camp populations as recommended by the Security Council in its resolutions since 2011, and in accordance with the international humanitarian law.