Sahara: Akhannouch calls for a census of the populations of the Tindouf camps

Kiosk360. The Head of Government also reiterated, before the UN in New York, Morocco’s commitment to reach a definitive solution to the Sahara conflict on the basis of the autonomy plan. This article is a press review taken from the daily Assabah and Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.

The Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch, reiterated, in New York, the Kingdom’s commitment to finding a definitive political solution to the artificial regional dispute over the Sahara. A solution based on the Moroccan autonomy initiative within the framework of national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Morocco. This is what the daily reports Assabah in its edition of Thursday, September 22.

In his speech, on behalf of Morocco, at the 77th UN General Assembly, the Head of Government affirmed that the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco remains the one and only solution to this dispute. Furthermore, Akhannouch stressed that “this initiative, which many countries consider serious and realistic, has enjoyed, since its presentation in 2007, the support of the Security Council and more than 90 States”.

All the more so, reports the daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia in its issue of the same day, that, as the Chief Executive rightly pointed out, on the ground, the southern provinces are living to the rhythm of an irreversible development dynamic within the framework of the new development model launched in 2015. The populations of the region, continues the daily, participate fully in all stages of the implementation of this model, through their democratically elected representatives in the Councils of the two regions of the Sahara.

Still quoting the Head of Government, Al Ahdath Al Maghribia notes that the active participation of the populations of the Sahara in all aspects of political, economic, social and cultural life testifies to their attachment to the Moroccanness of the Sahara.

The Head of Government also reiterated Morocco’s full support for the efforts of the UN Secretary General and his Personal Envoy to relaunch the round table process in the same format and with the same participants. And this, with a view to reaching a realistic and lasting political solution, based on compromise, in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Councils, in particular resolution 2602.

For its part, the daily Assabah notes that the Head of Government has stressed that “Algeria’s participation, seriously and in good faith, in the round table process, in the same way as its proven responsibility in the creation and maintenance of this artificial dispute, is a condition sine qua non to reach a definitive settlement to this issue”.

He also called, again according to Assabah, the international community to encourage Algeria to respond to the calls of the Security Council launched since 2011, to allow the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to carry out the census and registration of the sequestered population in Tindouf camps. In precisely evoking this subject, notes Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, Morocco once again expressed its deep concern about the catastrophic humanitarian situation and the state of lawlessness experienced by the populations of the Tindouf camps.

Algeria, in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, has ceded its powers over this part of its territory to armed separatist militias with proven and confirmed links with dangerous terrorist networks in the Sahel region.

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