Gabon reaffirms its support for the autonomy plan

Gabon reiterated, before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly, its support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative in the Sahara which presents “credible and reassuring prospects”.

“My Delegation welcomes and encourages the Moroccan autonomy initiative because it presents credible and reassuring prospects allowing not only to put an end to the current impasse but also to reach a mutually acceptable and negotiated political solution”, indicated the representative from Gabon.

The diplomat, in this sense, highlighted the “strong international support” enjoyed by the autonomy initiative, in particular that of the Security Council whose various resolutions have always affirmed the credibility of the solution proposed by Morocco.

Reiterating its support for the ongoing political process under the auspices of the UN SG, Gabon hailed the efforts of the UN SG’s Personal Envoy for the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, whose mission is to relaunch this process between the various stakeholders, particularly following the visits he made to the region last January and July.

For the representative of Gabon, “this diplomatic revival is an encouraging sign of the resumption of the process of round tables around the four main parties in accordance with Security Council resolution 2602”.

In this regard, he urged all participants to commit to it in a spirit of compromise with a view to reaching a strong political solution as recommended by the 18 Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007.

He also noted that his country notes with “great satisfaction” several other positive developments on this issue, in particular the participation of elected officials from the Moroccan Sahara in the regional seminars of the Committee of 24.

The diplomat also highlighted Morocco’s efforts to improve the living conditions of the people of the Moroccan Sahara, noting that the development model for the southern provinces launched by King Mohammed VI in 2015 has greatly improved the human development indices in the region.

“These socio-economic progress strengthen international cooperation in the region”, he said, recalling that 28 African, Arab, American and Asian countries and international organizations have opened consulates general in the cities of Laayoune and Dakhla, while others are about to follow suit.

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