The Autonomy Plan, 'Only Realistic Option' to Settle Sahara Regional Conflict - U.S. Ambassador

The Moroccan autonomy plan is "the only realistic option" to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution for the future of the Sahara, said Friday in Rabat, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, David Fischer.

"This plan encourages more discussions. It adopts autonomy as a framework for a solution that satisfies the aspirations" of the populations of the Sahara, the US Diplomat stated at a press briefing held in the wake of Washington's historic decision to recognize Morocco's full sovereignty over its Sahara.

This solution, under the Moroccan autonomy plan, "can and will be found," he added, stressing that President Trump "rejects the status quo that benefits no one" and, therefore, works for a "serious, peaceful, realistic and credible" solution to this regional conflict created around Morocco's territorial integrity.

The diplomat also said that his country will continue to urge all parties to engage constructively with the United Nations and to consider "new creative and genuine ways to move the peace process forward."

Ambassador Fischer stressed that the United States of America will continue efforts for the appointment of a new personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Sahara to "facilitate this important solution."

He also noted that Thursday's important announcement is one of the "most important" moments in the history of the Morocco-U.S. friendship relations that go back more than 200 years.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a proclamation recognizing the full sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over the entire region of the Moroccan Sahara.

The United States of America has also decided to open a consulate in Dakhla, with a primarily economic vocation, to encourage U.S. investments and contribution to economic and social development.