The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has just presented his annual report on the Moroccan Sahara issue to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, in which he spends a long passage on excerpts from the speech of His Majesty the King. delivered on 6 November 2017, on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Glorious Green March.
The Secretary-General indicated in this connection that the sovereign emphasized that "Morocco continues to work for working within the political process, adheres to the current momentum sought by the Secretary-General, and to the cooperation with the Personal Envoy. This commitment, as stated by His Majesty the King in His Royal Speech, and as reflected in the report of the Secretary-General, is based on the basic principles of the Kingdom with respect to the National Question, including the rejection of any solution outside the full sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara and beyond its Initiative of Autonomy, the need for all parties to take their responsibility with a view to finding a definitive solution to this regional dispute, respect for the Security Council, as the only international body overseeing the resolution process and rejecting any obsolete proposal for the pr to deter the oces of the existing mandate.
The report highlights the pledges of the kingdom to pursue the socio-economic development of its southern provinces, as emphasized in royal speech, in particular that "Morocco will not be idle by waiting for the desired solution, but will instead to continue the measures taken to promote the development of the southern provinces, in particular by enabling them to link Morocco with the further south African countries. "In addition, the Secretary-General pointed out the calm that prevailed in the Moroccan Sahara during the period covered by this report.
In addition, the report discusses the first regional tour of the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General, President Horst Köhler, in October 2017. He reminded the Moroccan authorities that Morocco's support for the efforts of the personal envoy confirmed once again that Morocco "is determined to find a political solution to the conflict based on the Moroccan initiative for autonomy 2007" and emphasized the need "Algeria plays a more important role in this."
Another mention is made in this report during the second visit of Mr. Köhler to the region last June, during which he visited Rabat and the southern provinces. Similarly, the report refers to the adoption on 27 April 2018 of Security Council Resolution 2414, in which the UN Executive Body stressed the need to make progress in the search for a realistic, pragmatic and sustainable political solution & # 39; and calls for "realism and a spirit of compromise."
It should be emphasized that in this resolution the Security Council has confirmed the exclusivity of the UN's political process and has demanded its neighbors, mainly Algeria, to "make an important contribution to the political process and more in the negotiations". The report of the Secretary-General again confirms the final burial of previous, outdated and inapplicable plans, to which the other parties are always bound. Indeed, the Secretary-General makes an exclusive reference to the Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007 as the basis of the current political process.