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Sunday, October 21, 2018
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Grenada reiterated Monday its support for the autonomy plan presented by Morocco as a "viable" proposal for the settlement of the Sahara conflict, welcoming the development efforts undertaken by the Kingdom in its southern provinces in various fields.


"Grenada maintains its support for the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in April 2007, a viable proposal to end this dispute," said the representative of the Caribbean country, Monday during the session of the General Debate of the 4th Commission, which is being held at the UN headquarters in New York.


She said that "Grenada stresses the need to move towards a realistic, achievable and sustainable political solution to the Sahara issue, based on compromise," as stated in Security Council Resolution 2414 adopted last April.


"We also welcome development efforts in the Sahara, which cover various sectors and offer opportunities, services and remunerative jobs to the local population," she added.


The representative of Grenada stressed the importance of the political process initiated by the United Nations Security Council since 2007 with a view to a mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara dispute, welcoming the Secretary-General's reinvigoration of the process.


"To find a just and lasting solution to the dispute, which is mutually acceptable, we must necessarily bring together all the parties concerned by the debate," she insisted.


"The full and good faith contribution of the parties and neighboring States is paramount," she said, welcoming the "invitation made for the round table scheduled for December 2018 in Geneva, especially for Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco.


The representative of Grenada also welcomed the participation, for the first time, of two elected members of the Moroccan Sahara this year in a regional seminar of the Special Committee (C24) held last May in Grenada, and in the main session of this committee held in June in New York.


She also stressed the crucial importance of the census of sequestered populations in the Tindouf camps in order to guarantee the protection and promotion of human rights.


-News on Western Sahara issue / Corcas-

 

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