Western Sahara: GCC Countries, Jordan Support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Jordan reiterated Tuesday in Doha, their support for the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco to resolve the conflict of the ‘Western Sahara.’

In a communique released at the end of the 4th Ministerial meeting of the GCC, Jordan and Morocco, the foreign ministers of these countries reiterated their “support for the serious and credible autonomy initiative, which was presented by Morocco as a basis for negotiations to find a definitive solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.”

This support of the GCC countries and Jordan comes less than two weeks after King Mohammed Vi’s speech to the Moroccan people on the occasion of the 39th anniversary, in which he reiterated his readiness to engage in the UN process negotiations process initiated in April 2007, as long as its respects Moroccan’s sovereignty over the territory.

The Moroccan monarch said his country’s sovereignty over the disputed territory is non-negotiable.

“The Sahara is not an issue for Saharan people only. The Sahara is the cause of all Moroccans. As I said in an earlier speech: the Sahara is a crucial, existential issue, not just a question about borders,” the king emphasized

“Morocco will remain in its Sahara, and the Sahara will remain part of Morocco, until the end of time,” he added.