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The European Union and Morocco are adopting for the first time a common language on the Sahara issue, said, on Thursday in Brussels, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini.


"We have for the first time a common language on this issue", she said during the joint press conference with minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, at the end of the 14th meeting of the Morocco-EU Association Council.

Responding to a journalist's question on the EU's stance regading the Moroccan Sahara, Mogherini said that "having a common language is one of the most important, positive results and gives us hope for the future".

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy referred to the EU position contained in the "joint political Declaration", adopted unanimously by the member States at the end of the 14th meeting of the Morocco-EU Association Council.

In their joint political Declaration, a new document in the history of the EU's relations with a neighboring country, the two sides reaffirm their support for the efforts made by the UN Secretary-General to continue the political process aiming to reach a just, realistic, pragmatic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue, based on compromise and in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolution 2468 of 30 April 2019.

The EU, the Declaration underlines, "takes positive note of Morocco's serious and credible efforts in this respect as reflected in the above-mentioned resolution and encourages all parties to pursue their commitment in a spirit of realism and compromise, in the context of arrangements consistent with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter".

The EU's new doctrine on the national question rejects any reference to "self-determination" and aligns itself with the UN position expressed in the last resolution, which favors pragmatism, realism, sustainability and a spirit of compromise.

It thus enshrines the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy proposal as the most credible, realistic and viable solution to the artificial regional conflict over the Moroccan Sahara issue.

 

 

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