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Saturday, August 19, 2017
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Peace in region "necessarily involves granting autonomy to the inhabitants of the Sahara, under sovereignty and national integrity of Morocco"

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has just adopted a parliamentary motion in the form of a letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes, officially requesting the Brazilian government to "support Morocco's efforts in the process of achieving a political and consensual settlement to the regional dispute over the Sahara".


This document, adopted for the first time by the Brazilian Congress, reflects the relevance of the Moroccan autonomy initiative for the Sahara, presented by the Kingdom on 11 April 2007 and described as serious and credible.


The text, which can be consulted on the official website of the Chamber of Deputies, notes that the autonomy initiative "reflects Morocco's serious and credible efforts to move this process forward," which was consolidated with the adoption, Last April, by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2351 on the Sahara.


According to the motion, promoted by MP Cleber Verde, leader of the Brazilian Republican Party (PRB, member of the government coalition), the achievement of peace in the region "necessarily involves granting autonomy to the inhabitants of the Sahara, by granting them broad legislative and executive powers under the sovereignty and national integrity of Morocco ".


The document welcomes "recent initiatives undertaken by Morocco at the level of the regional commissions of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) in Dakhla and Laayoune", as well as "Morocco's cooperation with the Special Procedures of the  UNHRC".


The motion also notes that the Brazilian government, whose international relations are governed by the defense of peace and peaceful resolution of conflicts, has an important role to play on the Sahara issue at the level of the world forums, highlighting its different security, sociological or political aspects.


The document also focuses on the friendship relations between Brazil and Morocco as well as "rich history of common cultural ties drawn from an Iberian, African, Arab and Jewish heritage".


Highlighting the excellent dialogue in a multilateral framework as well as the cooperation mechanisms available to both countries, the motion recalls that since 1999 Rabat and Brasilia have had a mechanism for political consultations and highlight bilateral economic relations  marked by an increasing flow of trade.


The document also reiterates Morocco's return to the African Union, with the support of the majority of African states, underlining the willingness of Morocco and African countries to "build a path to peaceful, prosperous and enlightened relations".


-News on Western Sahara issue/ Corcas-

 

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