Morocco has decided to withdraw its confidence in the personal envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for the Sahara, Christopher Ross, asking to redress the process meant to resolve this issue. The information was released through a government statement on Thursday.
The Moroccan government asked the U.N. Secretary-General to take "appropriate decisions" to push the negotiating process on the Sahara issue forward, and reiterated its commitment to the Security Council Resolutions' efforts to negotiate in order to achieve a lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.
The statement was read out by the Communications Minister, and government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi at a press briefing following the cabinet meeting. El Khalfi said the cabinet followed a presentation by the Foreign Minister on the current developments in the Moroccan Sahara issue and the results of his recent visits to some countries and to the headquarters of the United Nations.
Morocco, he said, presented to the U.N. Secretary-General the conclusions of its assessment of the developments in the Moroccan Sahara issue with regard to three aspects: the missteps identified in the latest report of the U.N. Secretary-General on the Sahara, the decline of the negotiation process which lacks any prospects or opportunities for progress, and finally the paradoxes noted in the actions of the personal envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General, Christopher Ross, marked by his renunciation of the founding principles of negotiations as defined by the Security Council resolutions.
"The personal envoy of the U.N. Secretary-General for the Sahara, Christopher Ross, in whom Morocco has withdrawn Thursday its confidence, has not complied with the requirements of impartiality that a mediator must maintain," said Moroccan professor El Hassane Boukantar.
"We found, in the latest UN report on the Sahara, that some questions were raised with the intent to misrepresent the position of Morocco and to push some members of the Security Council to give up the positive attitude adopted by the Council since 2007, the date of the presentation by Morocco of autonomy proposal, qualified as credible," said Professor Boukantar in a statement to news agency MAP.
He added that the Security Council considers Morocco as a credible partner in the search for a settlement to the Sahara issue, adding that all U.N. representatives should take this into account and "not to put Morocco on the same footing as other parties which seek to gain time."
France reiterated on Friday its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, after Morocco’s decision to withdraw its confidence in the UNSG personal envoy for the Sahara Christopher Ross, calling for a “swift settlement of the dispute”.
France reiterates its support for the Moroccan autonomy plan, which is the only realistic proposal on the table of negotiations and which constitutes a serious and credible basis for a solution brokered by the U.N. Spokesperson of the French Foreign Ministry, Bernard Valero said.
France took note of Morocco’s decision to withdraw its confidence in the UNSG personal envoy for the Sahara Christopher Ross and is calling for a swift settlement for the dispute, which takes account of all the parties’ legitimate concerns, he said at a press briefing, the first under the new socialist government.
Valero recalled France’s support for the search for a political solution to the Sahara issue, under the aegis of the U.N. in accordance with UNSC resolutions.