Paris and London have renewed, as Washington has just did last week, their support for a fair and lasting political solution to the Western Sahara conflict which has lasted for much too long.
The spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, Romain Nadal, said at a press briefing Wednesday that France continues to support a fair, lasting and mutually agreed upon political solution.
“The status quo is not in the interest of anyone,” he said. France has been supporting for a long time “the search for a just, lasting and mutually agreed upon political solution under the aegis of the United Nations and in accordance with the Security Council resolutions.”
To a question on the Morocco-proposed autonomy plan for the Sahara and on Washington’s restated strong support to the plan, during the visit King Mohammed VI paid to the U.S. last week, Romain Nadal said his country considers the Moroccan initiative “as a serious and credible basis for a negotiated solution.”
France’s standpoint on this issue “is clear and consistent,” he said, recalling that President François Hollande had had the opportunity to reaffirm this stance during his first state visit to Morocco in April.
The same support is echoed in London, where the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, said that “the United Kingdom supports any proposal seeking a political solution to the Sahara issue.”
“The British recognize the efforts made by Morocco to reach a final political solution to this artificial conflict,” the Moroccan Foreign Minister said at the end of a meeting he held with his British counterpart, William Hague, at the Foreign Office on Wednesday.
The stand of the three countries which are all permanent members of the UN Security Council translates their strong political and diplomatic support for the efforts made by Morocco to settle the artificial Western Sahara dispute once and for all and also to put an end to the suffering and misery of thousands of its citizens from the Sahara who are forced to live in the Tindouf camps.