Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has sought to involve Algeria in the conflict that pits his country against the Polisario Front by saying that “the series of negotiations should include the official sponsor of the Polisario Front, ie to sit with the State of Algeria, which is the real party to the conflict since the establishment of the separatist entity ?!”as he claimed.
The Moroccan news website, “Aliexpress”, reported on Wednesday, that the Moroccan diplomatic official had for the first time pointed to the characters regarding the future of the Western Sahara issue, during his recent meeting in Lisbon with the UN envoy to the Western Sahara German Horst Koehler, arguing to this effect, quote: “The series of negotiations must include the official sponsor of the Polisario Front, to sit with the State of Algeria, which is the real party to the conflict?!” unquote.
A senior diplomatic source told “Echorouk” that Morocco’s renewed position is only meant “to shirk the negotiations and the course of the settlement, because Algeria is not a party at all in the Saharawi issue, and it is an observer party from afar, as is the case with several countries and it has been clearly established by the UN that the two parties at issue are the Polisario Front as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, and the Moroccan government.”
In response to the recent decisions of the African Union Summit to involve this continental institution in the conflict which embarrassed Morocco after its return to the AU, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told the UN special envoy that the United Nations is the only body authorized to oversee the conflict of the Southern Territories without interference from any other regional body, arguing that “The United Nations is the only body supervising the course of the negotiations, and the best proof is that the mandate of MINURSO comes from the UN Security Council.”
“The discussions enabled the Moroccan delegation to recall the emergence of this regional conflict and the political, legal and geo-strategic considerations that led to its inception during the 1970s,” the Moroccan foreign minister told the UN official.
The Moroccan official said that the bilateral discussions with the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations were “rich” and “fruitful” and took place in “an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.”
The language of clinging to Morocco’s colonization of the Western Sahara lands has been overruled in the speech of Nasser Bourita, who claimed that during his recent encounter with Mr. Horst Koehler, he discussed the efforts of Morocco in its “Sahara”? especially after activating the regional development model in what he called “the southern provinces?” Details of the “autonomy” initiative were tackled in detail, which is purported by the Kingdom as “the finest solution to end the conflict,” as he alleged.
“The problem lies not in finding a solution, but in the path that leads to it, so all the parties that initiated this conflict must take on full responsibility for a final solution,” he said, as Morocco falsely claims every time as part of its dilatory and maneuvering policy that the cause of the Western Sahara conflict is Algeria.