Polisario calls for direct talks with Morocco
Since the death of the former Secretary General of the Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz, there are voices calling for the establishment of direct negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario around the Sahara issue.
Today, it is the Secretary General and Acting Chair of the front Addouh Khatri, who supported this request. In a letter sent Sunday to the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon and relayed by the Algerian press, Addouh calls for a “plan for a process of direct talks, intense and high level between the Polisario Front and Morocco “is implemented in the presence of the main players in both sides.
The plan, which must be prepared “in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly” aims to “resolve the conflict” around Sahara by “the end of 2016,” says Addouh.
The only problem, the Polisario and Morocco, do not hear the same thing, speaking of “conflict resolution”. If for Addouh, the talks should lead to a referendum offering the option of independence, Morocco will rather see an opportunity to reiterate the autonomy proposal, considering that it is a form of self-determination just as a referendum process.
In his letter, the Acting Secretary General of the forehead also called the “return of the MINURSO” Sahara. “So far we do not see progress towards recovery of this component in its functions,” he says.
Death and uncertainties
May 31, 2016, the former leader of Polisario, Mohamed Abdelaziz died following a long illness. Addouh Khatri, who was previously president of the National Council of the Polisario, provides for the interim presidency of the front. Elections for the new head of the forehead should take place within ten days, but internal divisions and disagreements on the possible candidates for the leadership of the front could, according to several sources, cause the postponement of the election of the new Secretary General.
In early June, the Arabic-language weekly Al Ousboue Assahafi had called in a long file, Morocco to negotiate directly with the Secretary General of the Polisario. And for good reason. Khatri Addouh had says the source in the past participated in negotiations – secret and informal – with Morocco.