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African Caucus: the solution lies in the devolution process advocated by Corcas

"The African Caucus," a magazine of the "Independent Centre for Research and Initiatives for Dialogue" (CIRID), devoted to the Sahara issue an important position in both the 19th and 25th September editions.


An editorial, an article on the role of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS) and an interview with Mr. Ahmed Mghizlat, Corcas member, allowed the CIRID magazine to analyze the importance of finding a solution politically negotiated based on the Moroccan autonomy initiative for the Sahara and its relevance to the security and stability in Africa.

In an editorial entitled "Why not?" the publication manager, Mr. Deo Hakizimana, writes: "since we have been interested in the ongoing debates on the status of Western Sahara autonomy, the question has maintained its relevance and conflictual character on the political agenda in Africa today. "

The editorial’s author believes that there are two reasons for the topicality of this issue, one is historical: the fact that the conflict "does not seem to have suffered the ravages of time".

The second relates to the regional situation and concerns the fact that "the future of the region seems to get to the impasse."

In this regard, the magazine notes that for the region, "the resurgence of martial logic in an area under terrorist threat would be a nightmare, including for the Mediterranean Europe."

To overcome this situation, but also to bring Morocco to "the family of the current AU. The CIRID magazine believes that we should know to communicate, talk, and cogitate and find realistic and achievable compromise"

In this regard, "the possible dialogue on the status of autonomy deserves some attention," the editorial concluded.


This brings the debate on the role palyed by Corcas in the Sahara issue.






Recalling the conditions and date of foundation Corcas by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the CIRID magazine indicates that the Council intends to "support the viability of a third lane for Western Sahara: autonomy ", as proposed by Morocco.

In addition to the tasks to attend His Majesty for the defense of the territorial integrity and unity of the Kingdom, the promotion of economic, social and cultural development in the Sahrawi provinces and the preservation of their cultural identity, the "African Caucus" concluded that "the solution to the oldest territorial conflict in Africa is perhaps the devolution process advocated by members of Corcas."

In the interview given to the CIRID magazine Ahmed Mghizlat highlights the missions assigned to the Council and considers that the autonomy plan under Moroccan sovereignty is "a compromise solution that provides extensive powers for Sahrawis, including the field of education and health. "

Mr. Mghizlat says that for Sahrawis themselves "Sahrawi secession is a mirage, and the constitution of a state in this region would be neither viable nor sustainable. Only the autonomy project is palpable and feasible" .

Corcas representative adds that "this is the first time an African or even an Arab country proposes to grant autonomy."

He believes that Morocco "demonstrated courage and avant-gardism," before concluding that this conflict is related to the Cold War, especially when "some countries near the eastern bloc, exploited the conflict in order to deprive Morocco of its coastline overlooking the Atlantic. "

Mr. Ahmed Mghizlat represents Corcas within the Moroccan Delegation at the Council  of the UN Human Rights in Geneva and thus participates in the universal periodic review of the situation of human rights .


The Independent Centre for Research and Initiatives for Dialogue is an African international enjoying an ECOSOC consultative status with the UN bodies in Geneva.

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