Moroccan Sahara: Europe’s passive neutrality does not serve regional stability and integration (InsideOver)

For Rabat, after the decision of the United States to recognize the sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara, “a similar approach should naturally follow on the part of Europe”, writes InsideOver, noting that on this subject, “the international community is now moving towards a solution in line with the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 ”.

For the Italian review, “the European countries officially maintain a position of neutrality, considered by Rabat as passive, that is to say that it does not contribute to the final solution of the dispute but, on the contrary, maintains the status quo. quo which undermines regional stability and integration ”.

InsideOver dwells in this context on the scope of the decision of the United States which marked a “turning point” in recognizing the full and entire sovereignty of Morocco over the entire territory of the Sahara, while reaffirming their support for the serious proposal , credible and realistic autonomy proposed by Morocco as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to this regional dispute.

The United States has given official status to its position on the Sahara issue, the newspaper said, recalling that since Rabat presented the autonomy proposal in 2007, Washington has always supported the idea of ​​granting sovereignty to the Sahara. Morocco on the Sahara, “hence the turning point, to which the new president Joe Biden, who took office on January 20, does not seem to be opposed”.

With this decision, the United States hopes to hasten the process of settling this long-standing issue, the review notes.

After Washington’s decision, Brussels’ position is softened, notes the publication, recalling that, in a recent interview on the issue relating to the new position of the United States, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, invited the EU to join this new international dynamic.

The review underlines that, for Morocco, the American turning point in December is a natural evolution of the position of the United States which, since 2007, has considered the Moroccan autonomy initiative as a serious and realistic basis for finding a definitive solution to the problem. regional dispute, in the sense that Washington’s position expressed the “tendency at the level of the international community” to support the autonomy proposal.

InsideOver quotes Mr. Bourita who underlined that “it is enough for Europe to get out of its comfort zone and support this international trend”, given that “the process has been going in circles for years” and today, ” an orientation emerges and it is this orientation that the EU must also espouse ”.

The review underlines that for Morocco, “this positive dynamic could experience a new acceleration if the Old Continent also recognizes Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara”, which will accelerate the process of final settlement of this regional dispute.

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