Autonomy plan in Sahara, Only Way to Protect Region Against Terrorism, Says Edward Gabriel

The dismantling by the national brigade of the judicial police (BNPJ) of an international drug trafficking network that has links with individuals from the Tindouf camps reminds the international community that the autonomy plan for the Sahara, under the Moroccan sovereignty, is "the only way to protect the region against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds," former US ambassador to Morocco, Edward Gabriel, told MAP on Friday. 


"The intensification of terrorist activities, drug and human trafficking show that the non-resolution of the Sahara issue is a factor of instability in the Sahel-Saharan region,” said former US diplomat.


Morocco has put on the table the autonomy plan in this part of the Kingdom, he recalled, stressing that time is ripe for "the UN security council to move forward for the implementation of this initiative."


In another development, Edward Gabriel stressed the need for the international community to take a searching look on the aid destined to the population, held against its will in the Tindouf camps (south-western Algeria), as evidenced by the conclusions of the report of the European anti-fraud Office (OLAF).