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Monday, April 22, 2024
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The Secretary-General of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs, Mr. Maouelainin Maouelainin Ben Khalihenna, met, Tuesday, at the Council’s headquarters, an Ivorian delegation composed of five journalists representing the most important press institutions including “L’Inter » and « Patriote ».



During this meeting, Mr. Maouelainin Maouelainin Ben Khalihenna made a statement about the composition and the different missions and activities of the CORCAS since its nomination on March 25, 2006 in Laayoune by HM the King Mohammed VI.

According to him, the CORCAS is made up of 141 members from all Sahrawi populations which represent the 34 known tribes of the Sahara. He explained that these members are Chioukhs, youth, former detainees, elected people, civil society actors and women who represent 10 per cent.

HM the King entrusted the CORCAS with three main missions: reconciliation between all Sahrawis and between them and the Moroccan administration, prepare autonomy project for Sahara and contribute to the socio-economic development of the Kingdom’s southern provinces, added the Council’s Secretary General.

Mentioning the different visits made by the CORCAS abroad, Mr. Maouelainin Maouelainin Ben Khalihenna, said that they aimed mainly at inquiring about the autonomies existing in these foreign countries which have made progress in this field, namely, our neighbouring country Spain which has a great experience in terms of regionalization.

Concerning autonomy project, he said that it was submitted last December to HM the King Mohammed VI before presenting it to the UN next April.

This project, explained Mr. Maouelainin, is based upon three principles: undisputed Moroccan sovereignty, satisfaction of the claims of the Sahrawi population, and respect of international norms in terms of autonomy.

He underlined that this project has met a favourable echo throughout the world and has benefited from the adhesion of the great international powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council including France which qualified it as “constructive” by the French President Jacques Chirac himself.

The Ivorian delegation asked questions about the Sahara issue, last developments of this conflict, creation of the Polisario front, colonial era, decolonization of the Sahara and Tindouf camps detainees in Algeria.

Source: CORCAS

 

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