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  the Moroccan initiative for the negotiation of an autonomy status in the Sahara is a "very serious proposal" to reach a political solution to the Sahara issue, said, here Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn.

  "What Morocco put on the table is a serious proposal" that will pave the way for direct negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario, Mr. Asselborn told the press following his meeting with Moroccan Premier Driss Jettou.

    The Luxemburger official, who is on a two-day official visit to Morocco, underlined that the European Union will "do everything to reach a solution to this 30-year old conflict as soon as possible."

    This conflict should be solved, as it paralyzes the North African region and its potentials at the political, economic and cultural level, Mr. Asselborn went on to say.

     On Monday, the UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution calling for direct negotiations between the parties to the Sahara conflict, in response to the "Moroccan initiative for negotiating an autonomy status for the Sahara region," devised to end the three-decade dispute with the Algeria-backed Polisario separatists over the control of the former Spanish colony.

    Talks also focused on relations between the European Union and Morocco, especially relating to the neighboring policy. “The two parties need to further cooperate,” Mr. Asselborn said.

    In addition, the two officials discussed issues ralating to world events, notably the situation in the Middle East and the role Morocco plays in that regard.

 

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