The Sahara autonomy plan under the Moroccan sovereignty is “serious, credible and realistic,” reaffirmed “clearly” US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, William Roebuck, at a hearing in the US Congress devoted to US policy vis-à- vis Morocco.
“Concerning the Moroccan autonomy plan, we clearly stated that the plan is serious, credible and realistic and is a potential approach that can satisfy the aspirations of the peoples of the Sahara to manage their own affairs in peace and dignity,” said the senior U.S. official before the subcommittee in charge of the Near East and North Africa within the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.
The U.S. policy towards the Sahara issue “thus remains unchanged throughout the past years,” said Roebuck, adding that Washington supports the process led by the United Nations that aims to achieve a peaceful, lasting and mutually acceptable settlement.
He said Washington also supports “the work done by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the UN and the efforts by the United Nations” on the matter.
On the other hand, he urged the parties “to work towards a resolution” to end the conflict.