The deadlock in the Sahara conflict is due to the persistence of Algerian officials to maintain the status quo by refusing to organize a census of the population held against its will in the Tindouf camps, said in Florence (central Italy) several international experts at a meeting.

Claimed by the United Nations and the European Union, the demand to make a census of the population held against its will in Tindouf is still hampered by the refusal of Algeria, which claims that it is not a party to the conflict that has now lasted more than four decades, while the camps are on its territory, said the participants at the meeting, held Friday by the Political Communication and Consultation Group (PoliCom) under the theme "The experience of Morocco: the challenge of reforms".

The census of the Saharawi population in the Tindouf camps is imperative and it is unacceptable that the calls renewed each year by the Security Council and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in this regard have remained a dead letter to this day, said Italian academic Andrea Pannochia, recalling the policy followed for several decades by Algiers and the polisario to artificially inflate the number of the population in Tindouf.

Tackling the theme "Economic and social development in the Sahara since 1976", journalist Andrea Turi stressed that, as soon as it had recovered the Sahara, Morocco had launched large-scale development projects in the region. More than forty years later, the face of the southern provinces of the kingdom was completely transformed thanks to major investments.

Several experts also highlighted the economic assets and investment opportunities offered by Morocco in different sectors, noting that the kingdom has become an attractive destination for investors, notably due to its stable macroeconomic environment and major economic reforms.