Gambia reiterated Tuesday, at a meeting of the United Nations Committee of 24 in New York, its strong support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative as a viable solution to the Sahara conflict.
"The Gambian Government strongly supports the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative proposed by the Kingdom of Morocco, as a viable” solution to the Sahara conflict, said Gambia’s permanent representative to the UN, stressing that this proposal is "a realistic, credible and compromise-based solution to put an end to the conflict in the Sahara".
He also congratulated Morocco for its vision and its continued efforts aimed at improving the living conditions of the Sahara populations.
The Gambian diplomat mentioned in this regard the new development model launched in 2015, which clearly shows the commitment of Morocco to promoting investments, developing infrastructure and ensuring the socio-economic development to the population of the Sahara region.
This $ 8 billion project will undoubtedly help create jobs and give people in the southern provinces of the Kingdom the means to reach their full potential, he said.
A peaceful resolution of this dispute will give new impetus to cooperation and contribute to stability and development in the whole Sahel region, he went on.
To this end, he reiterated his country's full support for the ongoing United Nations political process aimed at reaching a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara conflict.