The persistence of the artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara poses more than ever before a real threat to peace and security in North Africa and the Euro-Mediterranean and transatlantic regions, said on Wednesday speaker of the Moroccan House of representatives, Karim Ghellab .

Speaking at the opening of an international seminar held jointly by the Moroccan parliament and the NATO parliamentary assembly in Marrakesh, the official explained that the threat results from the proven links between separatist groups in the Tindouf camps (southwestern Algeria) and networks of arms trafficking, human trafficking and organized crime in the Sahel zone.

Therefore, it is a must to find an immediate solution to the conflict by adopting advanced regionalization in the Moroccan southern provinces as an approach that was acclaimed by the international community as a fair and credible solution, he argued during this encounter held on the theme of “political and security changes in North Africa: consequences for peace and cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean and transatlantic regions.”

Ghellab also stressed the Moroccan model in deepening and expanding political, constitutional, economic and social reforms, underlining that the pro-active approach adopted by Morocco which opted soon after independence for the multi-party system has led to consolidating the kingdom’s security, coherence and stability.

During this three-day encounter, supported by the Swiss government, Ghellab called for joining efforts between countries of the North and those of the South to make of the Mediterranean and Atlantic areas a haven of peace, security, stability and sustained and balanced development.

Debates deal with the situation in the Sahel and its impact of North Africa and the Middle East, social, economic and political reforms in the Arab world and the role of regional and international financial institutions in supports the integration, stability and economic reforms in the MENA region.