The aim is to "contribute together to the ongoing process of finding a final and peaceful settlement to the Sahara issue and put, therefore, an end to this lingering problem," said Ould Er-rachid in a message addressed to concerned associations and NGOs.
"We, in the CORCAS, believe that dialogue is the best way to settle conflicts and iron out disagreements of any kind, and especially when the problem opposes members of the same family as it is the case, unfortunately, of the Sahara dispute," he said.
By virtue of the prerogatives granted to CORCAS, set up by king Mohammed VI on March 25, 2006 in Laayoune and composed of legitimate representatives of the Sahrawi society, the Council "is the only interlocutor and representative of all the Sahrawis living in the Sahara territories, that is two-thirds of the Sahrawi population," he said, adding "the remaining third lives in the Tindouf camps, as was underlined by the MINURSO".
Expressing “deepest gratitude” for the moral and material support that these NGOs provide to “our brothers in Tindouf camps,” he said there is no doubt about the good will guiding this humanitarian action in favor of Sahrawis.
Speaking of the political aspect of this question, CORCAS president said: “the problem of the Sahara, as you would admit, should not last longer. Our duty is, in fact, to work and seek inspiration in the experiences of others to get out of the present deadlock and overcome this frozen situation in which we have been living for thirty years now”.
Recalling the failure of the different options proposed so far to resolve the conflict, Ould Er-rachid highlighted Morocco’s vision to find a solution to this problem: “Our Council, which is proud of its credibility and its representativeness, is convinced that autonomy is the most appropriate framework to settle this problem involving siblings.”
This proposal, he said, “constitutes the unique opportunity to end the separation of families, and to allow them to come back to their homeland.”
This autonomy, he went on, should fully guarantee “our political, economic, social and cultural rights.”
“Sahrawis, just like the rest of world citizens, long for peace. They want to enjoy the right of free movement like everyone else. We do not want our children to be born within closed borders, and grow up in an environment which is filled with hatred towards the other. Our aim is to inculcate them with the principles of freedom, coexistence, love and respect towards the other,” underlined CORCAS president.
“Our hope is that the genuine traditions of Sahrawis revive, and that the old-time principles of the Sahrawi tribes, which cherish solidarity, love and fraternity, regain the upper hand. We want borders with our brothers in Algeria and Mauritania and with the Canary Islands to be reopened,” he added.