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Commonwealth of Dominica Reiterates Support for Autonomy Plan in Moroccan Sahara

The Commonwealth of Dominica reiterated, in New York, its support for the autonomy plan in the Moroccan Sahara, considering it as “the most serious and credible basis” to resolve this regional dispute.

“Dominica reiterates its support for the autonomy plan presented by the Kingdom of Morocco and considers it as the basis for a serious and credible solution to end the conflict over the Sahara and bring lasting peace to the region,” said the representative of Dominica before the members of the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly.

He also expressed his country’s “full support” for the political process conducted under the aegis of the UN to achieve a realistic, pragmatic, sustainable and mutually acceptable solution to this regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, based exclusively on the resolutions of the Security Council since 2007, including the 2602 adopted in October 2021.

The diplomat highlighted the role of the UN Secretary General to advance efforts towards a settlement of this issue in accordance with the recommendations of the Security Council, as well as the efforts of his Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura to facilitate the revival of the political process under the aegis of the UN SG.

He said that his country calls for the resumption of the roundtable process and invites all parties to remain committed throughout this process with the aim of achieving a realistic, pragmatic, sustainable and compromise solution to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, as mandated by the Security Council.

The diplomat also welcomed the commitment of Morocco to respect the ceasefire “which will undoubtedly contribute significantly to peace in the region”.

The representative of Dominica took the opportunity to commend the government of Morocco for its efforts to promote development in the Sahara, through improving the quality of life and providing ample opportunities for local populations.

“The development of the Sahara has been manifested in the improvement of infrastructure and health care, education and housing, as well as the pursuit of a proactive foreign policy that has led to the opening of several consulates general in the cities of Dakhla and Laayoune, including that of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS),” the diplomat concluded.

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