Khalihenna: Sahara conflict Moroccan- Moroccan issue with international dimensions
Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid, chairman of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs said to Aljazeera’s Dayf Al Muntasaf Program that the circumstances that prevailed in the seventies in the Maghreb, the Cold War, the inter Arab conflicts - Arab conflict between progressive regimes and conflicts between the then preservative regimes caused interventions in the Sahara conflict, bringing about deep international dimensions.
Full text of the declaration by Mr. Ould Errachid to Aljazeera at Dayf Al Muntasaf Program
"The Royal Advisory Council was founded by His Majesty King Mohammed VI in the city of Laayoune on March 25, 2006. It is a royal body designed to prepare a psychological, political, diplomatic, economic and social climate for the application of the ultimate solution to the Sahara issue regarding autonomy within Moroccan sovereignty, and we have already begun to engage in these different fields, "
Concerning Algeria’s position about the Sahara, Mr. Khalihenna said:.
"the Sahara conflict is a Moroccan - Moroccan issue which has international implications or dimensions because it is essentially a protest by a group of Moroccan youths of Saharan origin on the political, economic and social conditions of Saharan areas, for not participating and not being given its fair position within the State of Morocco. At first, it was an organization calling for more political, economic and social rights to the people of this region.
However, the circumstances that prevailed in the seventies in the Maghreb, at the time of the Cold War, Arab - Arab conflicts, conflicts between progressive regimes and conflicts between the then conservative regimes brought about deep international dimensions. The conflict is a Moroccan - Moroccan issue claiming the creation of guaranteed economic, political and social position within the State of Morocco, but the Saharans in the Tindouf camps, led by the Polisario Front, are in Algeria, and in order to interview them we have to go to Algeria. This is why I called Algeria, the friendly and fraternal neighbor to interfere to reconcile us and be a constructive part in the settlement of this issue. I called it to build the Maghreb, and open cooperation at the level of the Arab Maghreb and in order to construct this Maghreb, this problem should be resolved. Algeria has a role in this issue since it has direct relationship with the Polisario Front, and camps on its soil. Algeria can play a mediating role of compromise. We ask Algeria to play this role in addition to the efforts by the United Nations to settle this issue. "
In addition, Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid called the Polisario Front to accept dialogue and political solution which guarantees the rights of Sahrawis especially that the last report of the United Nations stressed the impossibility to apply Baker Plan and called on the parties to negotiate.
" Polisario are still calling for the impossible, however, the reality is that the solution to the problem of the Sahara issue is based on a single equation: all the roads taken by the Polisario Front to this day, since 30 years, have failed. War failed, a non applicable illegal, unfair and non transparent referendum failed. The United Nations itself believes that the only solution to Sahara issue is a political solution based on consensus between the parties. This is what the recent report of the Security Council said. It urges parties to find a lasting, political and agreed solution. Accordingly, we say to the Polisario Front, to our brothers in the Polisario Front, not to increase the suffering of our brothers in Tindouf, not to increase the deadlock, not to increase instability in the Maghreb region, and to go to the only solution, the only possible solution, the only substantive and realistic solution which guarantees the historic rights of Sahrawis, ensures stability in the Maghreb region and ensures compatibility between the countries of the Maghreb; this is way Polisario will not block the efforts of the United Nations, the efforts of the powerful states, the desire of the people, and the desire of Saharans themselves in resolving this issue, which has lasted 30 years without success. "
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