Sahara issue: Petitioners converge to New York to express support to Morocco

NEW YORK – Petitioners from the four corners of the world are converging to New York to take the floor during the UN General assembly’s 4th commission to express support to Morocco in the Sahara issue.

Coming from Europe, Asia, Oceania, America and Africa, participants include Sahrawis, particularly those who continue to flee the Tindouf camps in Southwestern Algeria, convinced that the Moroccan autonomy plan brings the answer to the protracted conflict and to the dire humanitarian situation in the Polisario strongholds.

Former UN top officials, academics, and observers will share their analyses of the situation to produce evidence before the 4th commission member states to the relevance of the Moroccan initiative to grant large autonomy to the territory.

The proposal was described by the UN Security Council, in a resolution adopted unanimously in April 2013, as “serious and credible”. The Council also set parameters for a final settlement based on realism and compromise.

The regional nature of the conflict was henceforth made clear by the United States’ clear call to neighbor countries to get more involved to end the deadlock and move forward to a final political solution

Algeria was, therefore, encouraged to bring a constructive contribution to the quest of a political solution as the resolution also acknowledged that the settlement of the conflict, coupled to cooperation among member states of the Arab Maghreb Union, will contribute to stability and security in the Sahel region.

The UN Security Council further reiterated its call for a census of the Tindouf camps populations, a responsibility that lies evidently on the UNHCR Algeria, as a host country and as a signatory country of the 1951 international convention on the status of refugees.