The chairman of the Royal Advisory Council for Sahara Affairs, Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid said that autonomy for southern territories is in line with international legitimacy, including the standards of self-determination, highlighting that the Council members were unanimous to endorse the proposal after transparent and accountable discussions.
Mr. Ould Errachid added at a press conference with foreign and national media held on Wednesday 6 December 2006 in Rabat following the end of the works of the second extraordinary meeting on the recent proposal for the southern provinces, that the proposal maintains all the features of Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara and guarantees political, economic, social and cultural rights to the Sahara inhabitants.
He expressed his belief that the proposal would be supported by all the Sahara inhabitants, including within the Tindouf camps for "it ensures the dignity and respects the rights of the Saharan customs, traditions, history and participation in the management of their affairs". He said that autonomy for the southern provinces is the option of modern democratic Saharans and will allow them handle their own affairs.
He added that the proposed self-government project is " revolutionary fully integrated and constitutionally, politically, organizationally arranged and in conformity with international standards, making it enjoys credibility," adding that the project is a final solution to all the historic demands of the people of the region. It satisfies all parties as it determines the terms of reference of everyone.
He added that the proposed autonomy would make "the Polisario" in trouble and severe political crisis" because they do not have any alternative, contrary to Morocco which has now a final solution acceptable to all parties." He said that Morocco's proposal is a historical, political, diplomatic and institutional event, since it is a model for all States to end the conflict through negotiation.