This session, chaired by Mr. Ould Errachid Khalihenna, Corcas Chairman, was marked by debates on the two main issues on the agenda, namely " political solidarity in terms of clean water for sustainable development of the Saharan provinces", and "Hassani culture as a component of the Moroccan identity. "
Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid, said in a statement to the press at the end of the works, that the treatment of problems associated with drinking water, will be undertaken through the desalination of seawater and other groundwater resources.
Corcas chairman has also indicated that Corcas members concluded, on the cultural issue, that "the hassani sahraoui heritage, was, throughout history, a basic element of national identity and contributed to the shaping of Arab-Islamic Moroccan personality in all its manifestations."
• Statement by Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid, President of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs to TV channel, after the end of session’s works
This session was devoted to study essential fields of the region, first water and sanitation; this is of interest to citizens and particularly the water problem in the Sahara being lasting and durable problem.
The results already achieved and the results that will be achieved, God willing, after this session in the field of water and sanitation in all Saharan cities are positive. Appropriations we approved are considerable in all fields and will address the issues related to the provision of drinking water, whether through the desalination of seawater, as is the case for some cities now, and increase the desalination of sea water or exploration of other groundwater sources. This project will end in 2012, God willing, by resolving all current problems to provide enough water
Also, this session dealt with Hassani cultural heritage as a component of national identity, the Moroccan identity. in this session a number of professionals in this field, university professors and researchers contributed with important and constructive speeches. The debate concluded that the Sahrawi cultural identity was part of the national identity throughout history politically since Almoravids or through allegiance to the Moroccan kings, or through defending borders by jihad at the time of colonization.
Sahrawis also contributed to the preservation of the national Moroccan Islamic Arabic identity in all its manifestations. We submitted a proposal to His Majesty the King concerning the establishment of an Institute of Saharan Studies that will work on Hassani heritage and culture.
It was also an occasion to inform members on what has been achieved, especially the results of past sessions, in Smara in December 2007, with the establishment of national inland transport company in July, which will conduct transport in the Sahara regions satisfactorily and comfortably. Aircrafts will be made available at suitable hours in the day, and at appropriate prices.
The 2008 March session, which was held at the beginning of May, focused on health, including all health programs. Today these programs are studied and funded and included in the 2009 budget. Works will start this year to change the image of health in all southern regions and cities in terms of buildings, equipment medical staff and necessary facilities.
This is all for this session, now we will study other fields and issues related to the lives of citizens in other areas, God willing.
• Statement by Mr. Khalihenna Ould Errachid on the visit of the European Commission for Human Rights to the Southern provinces
Today, there are people who believe that the Moroccan police deals with protests according to European standards, and that the Moroccan state treats humanely intellectual opponents allowing them to travel, assemble, and allow express freely their opinions, even if they have opposite views, but in the scope of social peace and general freedoms.
I think that we have made a long way with the Europeans understanding, even if there are positions of some people, but generally, the visit was positive, and will bring about positive results.
• Statement by Mr. Ahmed Lakhrif, Council member, to TV on human rights in the southern regions Source: MAP
No one can give us lessons In the southern provinces in particular with regard to human rights, and with regard to the new proactive approach, welcomed by many visitors to the southern provinces, initiated by instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and followed by all local officials at all levels.
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