Sahara: Republic of Guinea Voices Support for Moroccan Autonomy Initiative

The Republic of Guinea expressed, in New York, its support for the Moroccan autonomy initiative, deeming it “the compromise solution” to resolve the regional dispute over the Sahara.

This initiative is in accordance with the principles and rules of international law, the UN Charter and the relevant United Nations resolutions, to find a favorable outcome to this long-standing regional dispute, underlined the ambassador permanent representative of the Republic of Guinea to the UN, Paul Goa Zoumanigui, during the ordinary session of the UN Committee of 24 (June 10-21).

He also called for the rapid resumption of the round table process, with the same format and the same participants, namely Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and the "polisario", in accordance with the relevant provisions of Security Council resolution 2703. The goal is to achieve a realistic, pragmatic, lasting and compromise political solution to this artificial conflict, as requested by the Security Council.

Reiterating his country's support for the political process, held under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, the diplomat praised the efforts made by the UNSG Personal Envoy to the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, aimed at relaunching of the political process under the exclusive aegis of the Secretary-General, including his visits to Rabat, Algiers and Nouakchott.

The ambassador welcomed the opening by his country of a Consulate General in Dakhla, not only to strengthen its relations of friendship and cooperation with the Kingdom of Morocco, but also to mark a better presence in the region. 

He also commended the holding of general, legislative, municipal and regional elections in Morocco, including in the Sahara in 2021 and the turnout in these elections, noting that the 2021 elections took place in a democratic, transparent, free and credible atmosphere.

The diplomat also commended Morocco's respect for the ceasefire and its “perceptible” cooperation with MINURSO. 

The Republic of Guinea's ambassador also mentioned the “worrying” humanitarian situation in the Tindouf camps, stressing the need to carry out the registration and census of the populations sequestered in these camps, in accordance with international humanitarian law.

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