Moroccan Sahara: UN General Assembly Reaffirms Exclusivity of UN Political Process in Settling Regional Dispute

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution reaffirming its support for the political process carried out under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the settlement of the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, thus reiterating the definitive burial of the referendum.

With the adoption of this resolution, the General Assembly confirms the resolution adopted by the Fourth Committee last October.

The resolution calls on all parties to “cooperate fully with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy and with each other” to achieve a political solution to this regional dispute based on the resolutions adopted by the Security Council since 2007. 

It also supports the political process based on the 19 Security Council resolutions since 2007, to achieve a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political” solution to the dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.

On no occasion does this resolution, like the ones preceding it, and those adopted by the Security Council over the past two decades, cite the referendum, dead and buried by both the UN Secretary-General and the General Assembly and the Security Council.

In the same resolution, the UN General Assembly welcomes the commitment of the parties to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue, “to enter into a more intensive phase of negotiations, in good faith, and without preconditions”, noting efforts and developments since 2006, thus ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions and the success of negotiations.

It should be noted that the only new development that has occurred in the political process since 2006 is the Autonomy Plan presented by Morocco on April 11, 2007.

In this regard, the General Assembly supports the Security Council resolutions since 2007, which have established the preeminence of Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, welcomed by the executive body and the entire international community as being a serious and credible initiative for the definitive settlement of this regional dispute within the framework of the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The text also supports the process of negotiations initiated by Security Council resolution 1754 and further sustained by Council resolutions 1783, 1813, 1871, 1920, 1979, 2044, 2099, 2152, 2218, 2285, 2351, 2414, 2440, 2468, 2494, 2548, 2602 and 2654, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.

These Security Council resolutions also welcome the measures and initiatives undertaken by Morocco for the promotion and protection of human rights in its southern provinces, and the role played by the Commissions of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in Laâyoune and Dakhla.

The IUNGA resolution refers, at no time, to the so-called fictitious war that Algeria and its puppet the “Polisario” claim exists in the Moroccan Sahara. This exposes the lies and fabrications of Algeria and the “Polisario” regarding the situation in the Moroccan Sahara marked by prosperity, stability, and all-around development.

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