This is another blow to the Polisario and to Algeria from Brussels. The European Union (EU) reiterated through its chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, its now set in stone stance over the Moroccan Sahara by advocating realism, pragmatism and compromise.
In his response to a MEP's question on the "EU's support for the polisario which calls into question Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara and contributes to destabilizing the region," the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy pulled no punches, affirming that the EU's support for the population in captivity in Tindouf was granted out of pure humanitarian concern.
The EU’s support for the Sahrawi population who live in refugee camps, is aimed at “purely humanitarian and development purposes," Borrell underlined, recalling the EU position on the Sahara issue, which has become a European doctrine since the adoption of the EU-Morocco Common Political Declaration on June 27, 2019.
"The EU stance over the Western Sahara (Editor's note: to be understood as a geographical reference and not as a pseudo-state that Algeria dreams of), is aligned with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and is in favor of the search for a realistic, achievable and lasting political solution that is based on compromise," he explained, quoting word for word the terms of the Morocco-EU Common Political Declaration and sweeping aside the claptrap maintained by Algiers on "self-determination", the "Saharawi people", "non-autonomous territory" and so on...
According to Josep Borrell, the EU "supports the peace process in Western Sahara led by the United Nations and looks forward to the resumption of quadripartite talks, under the aegis of the United Nations."
Hammering a further nail in the coffin of Algiers, Borrell underscored the key elements of the common language on the question of the Sahara that the two parties had embedded in the Joint Political Declaration.
The EU official also reminded the MEP and those who foster illusions and believe in mirages that the two partners "reaffirm their support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General to continue the political process aiming to reach a just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of the Sahara, based on compromise in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolution 2468 of 30 April 2019.”
"The two partners have expressed their wish to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the years to come. They are also aware of the importance of a response to the challenges facing Africa and they undertake to promote initiatives for peace in the continent, in particular in terms of peacekeeping, mediation and crisis management, while ensuring the development of a comprehensive approach combining the security dimension and human development,” he underlined.
They also reiterate their strong attachment to regional cooperation, both through the Arab Maghreb Union and bilateral dialogue between neighboring countries in the Maghreb and through their involvement in the bodies, which bring together European and North African countries, such as the Union for the Mediterranean and the “5+5 Dialogue,” Borrell added.
Quoting the Political Declaration in which Morocco and the EU adopted, for the first time, a common language regarding the Sahara issue, the EU official reiterated the clear and unequivocal position of the Union which puts forward the political solution based on realism and compromise with the latest UN resolution as a reference.
This is the path of wisdom and common sense. The one that enshrines the preeminence of the Moroccan autonomy proposal which emerges as the most credible, most realistic and most viable solution to this artificial regional conflict. The one that sounds the death knell for separatist aspirations maintained by Algeria and the one that serves peace and the integration of the Maghreb while putting an end to the suffering endured for decades by the populations held against their will in the camps of Tindouf.