EU believe Morocco’s proposal is the best compromise
Members of the European Parliament stressed the merits of the Morocco-proposed initiative to grant broad autonomy to the Sahara under the sovereignty of the Kingdom, considering that this initiative as the “best acceptable compromise” to resolve the conflict.
Their remarks were made in a letter they sent the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, following their recent visit in the southern provinces of Morocco, reports the official news agency MAP news.
MEPs stressed that the Moroccan proposal, the Sahrawis will be “democratically elected to lead their local government,” a fact which will give legitimacy to the representatives of the people. This will also ensure effective management of borders in the region, which is crucial for collective security, they said in their letter.
Members, including Gilles Pargneaux, Dominique Riquet and Yunus Omarjee, emphasized that Europe is an “indispensable partner” for Morocco and North Africa on security and development and urged the EU to use its diplomatic weight and economic and take a strong initiative to resolve the Sahara conflict.
“We believe that European diplomacy should play a leading role in contributing to peace and stability” in the region, the letters signatories said, drawing attention to the implications of the situation in the region Maghreb can have for Europe.
“The Arab Maghreb Union, which could fulfill this role of anti-terrorism coordinator, does not work because of the persistence of the Sahara conflict,” they said. They noted that beyond the fact that the non-Maghreb cost 2 pc of GDP per year for each of the Maghreb countries, the seriousness of the security situation makes it imperative to have a real Maghreb cooperation.
The Arab Maghreb Union is meant to bring together Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.