Côte d'Ivoire affirmed, at the meeting of the United Nations Committee of 24 in New York, that Morocco‘s autonomy plan in the Sahara region is "a pragmatic, realistic and ideal” way to definitively settle the Moroccan Sahara issue.
"Peace and stability in the region as well as the strengthening of cooperation among the member states of the Maghreb Union hinge on the final settlement of the Sahara issue, which is why my delegation invites the various stakeholders to adopt pragmatic measures with a view to finding a final settlement to the crisis," said the representative of Côte d'Ivoire at this meeting.
"In this regard, the initiative of extended autonomy proposed by Morocco, deemed as credible by the United Nations, is considered by my country as a pragmatic, realistic and ideal way that would lead to a lasting solution to the dispute over the Sahara", the diplomat pointed out.
Côte d'Ivoire "would like to commend the efforts made by Morocco to promote the political, social, economic and cultural empowerment of the population of the Sahara," he said, noting that this "real commitment" is reflected by important development programs that the Moroccan government puts in place in the region.
"Côte d'Ivoire would also like to reiterate its strong support for the initiative of broad autonomy in the Sahara," he added.