Moroccan Sahara: Paraguayan Historian Luis Agüero Wagner Stresses Importance of Ending Artificial Conflict

Paraguayan writer and historian Luis Agüero Wagner stated, on August 30 in Buenos Aires, that the time has come for Algeria to return to the right path and put an end to a conflict it had created for the sole aim of infringing Morocco’s territorial integrity.

Agüero Wagner, who presented at “Casa Del Paraguay” (the House of Paraguay) his book “The Moroccan Sahara beyond Western Sahara”, in the presence of Argentinian and Paraguayan writers, journalists, academics, and diplomats, stressed that “Algeria is obsessed with obtaining an outlet on the Atlantic Ocean and thus extend its hegemony in the region by creating a fictitious entity, which does not fulfill the conditions of a State, in accordance with international law.”

The Paraguayan historian noted that despite the Kingdom’s call for peace, Algeria has proceeded to manipulate the fictitious entity in order to propagate hostility towards Morocco and its territorial integrity.

The history professor at the Paraguayan Air Force Institute in Asuncion added that “the time has come for Algeria to broaden its perspective on what is happening in the world, which now rejects separatism, the other facet of terrorism, and comply with the international calls of wisdom, calls that are convinced that this artificial conflict has caused the peoples of the region to miss out on half a century of growth and prosperity, because of Algeria’s intransigence and stubbornness on an issue that Morocco settled definitively the moment the Kingdom had achieved territorial integrity.”

Author of several books and former Editor-in-Chief of the weeklies “La Republica” and “El Pueblo,” Aguero Wagner shed light on the successive recognition of the Moroccan Sahara by the world’s major powers, led by the US, as well as the opening of consulates by several countries in both Laayoune and Dakhla, in addition to the recent Israeli recognition of the Moroccanity of the Sahara, adding that this dynamic foreshadows the imminent end of the +polisario+ separatist militias and the suffering of the sequestered population in Tindouf.

The Paraguayan researcher and journalist, also an expert in international geopolitical issues and political history, confirmed that Spain’s support for the Moroccan Autonomy Plan was a milestone in this subject and sparked the interest of Latin American countries, particularly as the Moroccan Sahara was a former colony of Spain, a country that is more familiar than anyone with the reality of this regional dispute.

Reviewing the main points of his book on the Sahara, the Paraguayan writer stressed that the “artificial conflict over the Moroccan Sahara would never have existed without the lavish funding, support, and sheltering by Algeria to separatist militias against the Kingdom,” wondering whether such resources would not have been better used to build infrastructure and improve the living conditions of the Algerian population. 

In a statement to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Agüero Wagner stated that the presentation of his book at the “Casa Del Paraguay” in Buenos Aires, a renowned cultural center, carries several messages and reflects the solid relations uniting Morocco, Paraguay, and Argentina.

“I would like to appeal to Algeria to withdraw from the Moroccan Sahara issue and stop sponsoring and funding the +polisario+ terrorists for the purpose of prolonging this conflict,” emphasized the Paraguayan historian, noting that his book aims to clarify to the public opinion in Latin America the current situation of an artificial conflict dating back to the Cold War.

According to the Paraguayan expert, “there is no other solution in sight apart from the Moroccan Autonomy Plan, which enjoys the support of the majority of countries in the world, while the support of separatists and their sponsor is in increasing decline.”

Agüero Wagner also added that the book reveals the allegations promoted by +polisario+ propaganda, and proves that the Moroccan Sahara has always been an integral part of the Kingdom, by virtue of the historic bonds of allegiance that have united the Saharan tribes and the Sultans and Kings of Morocco throughout history.

After Buenos Aires, the Paraguayan writer will present his book in the coming weeks in Santiago (Chile), Montevideo (Uruguay), La Paz (Bolivia), and Lima (Peru). 

The Paraguayan researcher emphasized that his documentary, prepared following his visit to Morocco and its Southern provinces, aims to highlight the relevance of the Autonomy Plan as the only viable solution, which the international community has unanimously described as “serious and credible.”

Intervening on the occasion, Morocco’s Ambassador to Argentina, Fares Yassir, stressed that Morocco has remarkably strengthened its presence in Latin America and enjoys strong relations with several countries in the continent, which are constantly consolidating in several economic, cultural, and political fields, adding that Latin American countries consider the Kingdom a strategic partner and the best gateway to the Arab and African worlds.

Commenting on Agüero Wagner’s book, the Moroccan diplomat stated that academic initiatives of this kind, which shed light on the reality of the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, enable Latin American public opinion to differentiate reality from illusions, emphasizing that the Moroccanity of the Sahara is an indisputable historical and geographical fact, and that the +polisario+ separatists, who devote themselves to terrorism, will disappear once the truth has been brought before the international community.

Following the presentation of the book “The Moroccan Sahara beyond Western Sahara,” the audience interacted with the Paraguayan writer through numerous questions about Morocco and its people, pointing out that the Kingdom, which has built bridges between the two sides of the Atlantic, is the closest country emotionally to Latin American countries.

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