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Friday, April 16, 2021
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The text of the Proclamation issued by US President Donald Trump recognizing Morocco's full sovereignty over its Sahara was handed out to the 193 member states of the United Nations, as an official document of the Security Council, in the six official languages of the UN.


In a letter accompanying the text of the US Proclamation, Ambassador Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, said that on December 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump recognized through this proclamation "that the entire Western Sahara territory is part of the Kingdom of Morocco."


In this letter addressed to the president of the Security Council, a copy of which was also sent to the UN Secretary-General, the US Ambassador stressed that the Proclamation states that the Moroccan autonomy proposal is the "only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara Territory."


The Proclamation thus reaffirms US support for "Morocco's autonomy proposal as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the dispute over the Western Sahara territory."


"The United States believes that an independent Sahrawi State is not a realistic option for resolving the conflict and that genuine autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty is the only feasible solution," read the historic document.


"We urge the parties to engage in discussions without delay, using Morocco's autonomy plan as the only framework to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution," it said.


"To facilitate progress toward this aim, the United States will encourage economic and social development with Morocco, including in the Western Sahara territory, and to that end will open a consulate in the Western Sahara territory, in Dakhla, to promote economic and business opportunities for the region," according to the document.


The publication of the US Ambassador's letter comes a day after the Ministerial Conference in support of the autonomy initiative under Moroccan sovereignty, which was chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker.


The conference, held virtually on Friday with the participation of 40 countries, was an opportunity to express strong support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

 

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