Moroccan Sahara: Burundi Hails Autonomy Plan Presented by Morocco

Burundi praised the Autonomy Plan presented by Morocco to reach a definitive solution to the regional dispute over the Sahara, adding that this plan has been described as credible and serious in successive United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions since 2007. 

Intervening before the members of the Fourth Committee (4C) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), First Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Burundi, Landry Sibomana, shed light on Morocco’s “multiple” efforts to resolve this regional dispute, praising the international support that the Moroccan Autonomy Plan has gained, as well as the vast investment program undertaken by the Kingdom in the region.

The Burundian diplomat stated that this program has made a major contribution to empowering the population, improving human development indices, and promoting human rights.

The diplomat also called on all relevant parties to facilitate the resumption of the round table process, in the same format and with the same participants, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2654.

In a similar context, Sibomana praised the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) and his Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, to facilitate the relaunch of the political process under the exclusive auspices of the Secretary-General.

The Burundian delegation also commended the Personal Envoy’s recent successful visit to Morocco, notably to Laâyoune and Dakhla, where he met the presidents of the two regions, elected officials and local authorities, economic players, women and youth groups, civil society representatives, and the presidents of the two regional commissions of the National Council for Human Rights (CNDH).

The Burundian counselor also added that his country wishes that the relevant parties remain committed, realistically and in a spirit of compromise, to the political process under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG).

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