The growing support for Morocco's position on the Sahara issue is "the result of a national consensus, an active diplomacy, the appropriation of the Autonomy Initiative by the concerned population and a development dynamics on the ground," said Wednesday, in New York, Morocco's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Omar Hilale.
"There is, first of all, an unwavering conviction in the just national cause that has been maintained, inspired and guided by the personal commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI," Hilale pointed out at a press conference at the UN headquarters, following the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2494 on the Moroccan Sahara issue.
The Sahara issue "is not a matter for the government or political parties, but the business of all Moroccans," he stressed, noting that this "sincere" national consensus remains unwavering.
The support for the Moroccan position, whether in Africa, the Pacific, Asia or Latin America, is also the result of an "offensive and active diplomacy," he added.
Another element of the success of the Moroccan approach lies in "the appropriation of autonomy by the population of the Sahara", the diplomat said, noting that the inhabitants of this region have been able to appreciate the great difference between "the tragic situation in the Tindouf camps and freedom, dignity and job opportunities offered to them by Morocco in the southern provinces".
The Moroccan ambassador also highlighted the development dynamics in the Sahara provinces.
"Morocco has spent nearly $ 8 billion over the last three or four years to boost economic activity and build structural projects, such as that of the largest port in West Africa, planned in Dakhla, and which will be a hub between Europe, Africa and America," he said.
Security Council's Resolution No 2494 extends MINURSO's mandate until October 31, 2020.