Moroccan Sahara: Kiribati Considers Moroccan Autonomy Plan the Peaceful Path to Resolving Regional Dispute

The Republic of Kiribati stated, on October 10 in New York, that the Moroccan Autonomy Plan is a peaceful path to resolving the regional dispute over the Sahara.

Intervening before the members of the Fourth Committee (4C) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Kiribati’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Teburoro Tito, stressed that his country “sees considerable merit in promoting the Moroccan Autonomy Plan, which has been recognized by over 100 countries as a basis for a peaceful resolution of the Moroccan Sahara conflict.”

The I-Kiribati diplomat called for the resumption of the roundtable process in the same format and with the same participants, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2654.

Tito also praised the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General’s (UNSG) Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, to facilitate the relaunch of the political process under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), including his two visits to Rabat, the Tindouf camps in Algeria, Algiers, and Nouakchott, as well as the informal bilateral consultations he held last March in New York with Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the +polisario+.

In a similar context, Kiribati’s ambassador commended de Mistura’s visit, last September, to Algeria, Mauritania, and Morocco, where he met the presidents of the two Moroccan Sahara regions.

The UN official further called on the relevant parties to remain committed to the United Nations (UN) process for peace, progress, and sustainable development in the region.

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