Qatar Reaffirms support for Morocco’s Sovereignty over the Sahara

Qatar reiterated its stand in support of Morocco’s territorial integrity stressing that any settlement of the Shara issue should be found through dialogue in a way that safeguards Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.

Qatar reaffirmed its stand on the Sahara issue at the UN’s 4th committee meeting where Qatari representative expressed support for the efforts made to reach consensus in the political process initiated in 2007 under the auspices of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy for the implementation of the resolutions of the Security Council in order to ensure the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco

Settling the Sahara issue would strengthen cooperation between Maghreb countries and will bolster regional security and stability, the Qatari official said.

Morocco has put on the table an autonomy plan described as serious and credible by the UN. The proposal fell on deaf Algerian and Polisario ears as both parties insist on holding a referendum on self-determination, an option judged unfeasible by the UN in view of disagreements over who is entitled to vote.

The UN Envoy for the Sahara has invited Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario separatist front for direct talks in Geneva in December after many rounds of indirect talks failed to make any progress.

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