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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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The chairman of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs, Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid made an opening speech during the council's first session in which he tackled the last developments in the Sahara.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Prayer and peace be upon his Messenger his family and companions

Ladies and Gentlemen
With the help of God, we begin the works of the first opening session of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs, few days after the nomination by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God blesses him of its new members during his historic visit to the southern territories.

First, we appreciate the King's speech in laayoune as well as its contents. We are grateful to his Majesty for enabling us to together in this blessed day in his capital. We can only congratulate ourselves for the precious trust by his Majesty to us.

Every one of us certainly feels the seriousness of the job entrusted by the Commander of the faithful, which would be an incentive for us in order to be able to carry out this challenge with determination and responsibility, and to be up to the expectations and aspirations of the Moroccan Sahara inhabitants dear to the hearts of all Moroccans. We wish for His Majesty good health and lasting well-being, so that he will continue the march to achieve democratic and united Morocco enjoying security and stability.

Ladies and Gentlemen
The royal visit to the southern territories was a historic turning point for our region, in view of its symbolic message, political dimensions and political clear messages to those concerned internally and externally, and also in view of the satisfaction, contentment and confidence in the future felt in the hearts of Sahrawis. These are deep signs towards putting an end to the period characterized by negative aspects and criticism of the way of dealing with the region and its inhabitants. We are about a promising phase of openness and reconciliation with oneself and one's homeland to build a bright future for coming generations and all people of the southern regions where they live.

Therefore, we have a date with a historic milestone in the course of our country. We will not allow ourselves to miss such an opportunity today as we missed many opportunities in the past. Let us be up to this date, and up to this historical event.

On March 25, 2006, Our beloved Sovereign shaped the tasks entrusted to us, and defined the action framework of the Council as a constitutional institution deriving its strength from the Royal will.

This will give to this institution the necessary dynamism of and additional value required, which will enhance its role without any doubt, and will allow the members of this institution to work hard, with dedication and sincere patriotism. It will enable us to exercise our powers, without administrative political or bureaucratic restrictions or obstacles, because what unites us and brings us together today in this “Royal”Council, is the love of the motherland, and our attachment to the glorious Alawite Throne in order to serve the best interests of the homeland.

Ladies and Gentlemen
On the basis of this logic, his Majesty restructured the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs with a new combination and powers to enable it to contribute to the advancement of those regions economically and socially in close collaboration with public authorities and elected institutions, defend the Moroccan Sahara, and express Sahrawis legitimate aspirations under the auspices of the static and kindness of His High Majesty the King. 

The King chose to make your Council a suggestion power and reliable interlocutor making suggestions on public and private issues related to the defence of territorial integrity and national unity of the Kingdom and to the integrated human, economic and social development.

The strength and vitality of the Council lies in its diversity which will ensure a broad and balanced representation, with all segments of society of the Sahara including elected and tribal dignitaries, notables and elders, activists in civil society organizations, intellectuals, thinkers and politicians, people of the southern provinces residing abroad, detainees coming back from Tindouf, economic actors, and personalities recognized for their competence and integrity.

It is gratifying and a source of hope and continuity to have with us in this Council a new generation of young men and women who expressed their desire and ambition to engage in the debate and dialogue on crucial issues of concern to the region and its inhabitants.

This new generation, which radiates the vitality and activity, is the fruit of the struggle of parents who devoted themselves to defending the unity and sovereignty of Morocco. All our appreciation goes to the first Generation of pioneers, and all pride should go to the rising generation, who has always been ready to use its energies and abilities to play a primary role, which has had a profound effect in the development of the region and opening up to the wide horizons.

Ladies and Gentlemen
What should be our focus with the same determination is to work on ways to facilitate the return of our brothers from the camps to enjoy the hospitality they have been lacking away from their homeland and their relatives. This is should be done in  a civilized approach of communication and persuasion, with open-mindedness and clarity so that we highlight the new reality of Morocco today, which is so different from Morocco of the seventies, thanks to the open policy of His Majesty the King, who broke with the past because of its mistakes, errors and pains. We note that the nation unity under political openness and effective full participation in the management of public affairs is the real choice and only refuge to all Sahrawis of every hue. We would like to say to those who raise the slogan of separation and division are isolated, because they do not reflect the reality and concerns of the population.

Ladies and Gentlemen
Before I conclude, I see no objection to remind you that we are required to draw up the draft rules of procedure of the Council to be submitted to His Majesty's approval, in accordance with Article XIV of the Dahir on the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs.
We also are required to elect nine vice-presidents to make up the Bureau of the Council. In accordance with the requirements of Article IX of the abovementioned Dahir, the process of electing the Bureau members shall be through single-ballot with relative majority.

We ask God to help us be successful in our job, preserve our country from any harm and bless His Majesty King Mohammed VI, His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Hassan, his royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, and all the honorable members of the royal family.


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