What are the Gulf monarchies playing at?

Western Sahara: What are the Gulf monarchies playing at? Qatar has, in turn, aligned itself with Saudi positions, ruling out the holding of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara

As expected, Qatar has, in turn, aligned itself with Saudi positions, ruling out the holding of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara. The Gulf monarchies are cutting down cards that risk plunging the region into a dangerous situation.

Abla Chérif – Algiers (Le Soir) – The alignment of these monarchies with Moroccan theses is not a novelty in itself, but the additional step taken during the 76th UN General Assembly in New York could be that of too much. For several reasons, the remarks of the permanent representative of Riyadh in New York, followed by those made by the ambassador of Qatar, can be assimilated to declarations of enmity towards Algeria which seems, for its part, keep your cool in the face of this situation.

The statements made at the United Nations are serious. First of all because they emanate from the Saudi ambassador, whereas they were usually the property of representatives of other monarchies, Qatar in particular, and that they were pronounced in an official framework, whereas they were usually whispered in the corridors of the UN establishment in secret lobbying games, on the eve of important resolutions on Western Sahara.

These remarks emanating from the representative of Riyadh, leader of his region, were also interpreted by many as being the sending of a green light to all the other Arab royalty and an invitation to close ranks around Rabat. “It is to add fuel to the fire and openly approve the breaking of the ceasefire by Morocco,” say sources well aware of the situation.

Abdallah Al Mouallimi went further “in inconceivable words”, almost threatening by stressing his refusal of “any attack on the supreme interests of Morocco, its sovereignty and its territorial integrity”. In other words, Riyadh and its allies openly proclaim their intention to use all their weight to prevent the holding of a self-determination referendum in Western Sahara.

The call for the return of the famous plan of James Baker, a Sahrawi autonomy under Moroccan governorate, and for the return of “round tables” between the Polisario Front and Morocco is only the top of a series of underhanded cards with obvious design .

The return to negotiations implies the presence of observers, Algeria is one of them and its positions on the issue are known. Algiers supports the Saharawi will to lead to the organization of a self-determination referendum and respects its refusal of the third way proposed by James Baker.

By refraining from naming Saudi Arabia by name, Algiers did not fail to react to the “Saudi exit”. “This option is now obsolete, given the shameless instrumentalisation by the Moroccan side of Algeria’s participation in previous round tables to falsely present our country as being party to a regional conflict,” Amar Belani told APS .

“We have instructed our permanent representative in New York to notify this position of the Algerian government to the President of the Security Council, asking him to circulate the note verbale in question to all members of the Council,” he adds. he, before warning: “The sudden breaking of the ceasefire by the Moroccan occupation forces and the illegal annexation of the buffer zone at Guerguerat in flagrant violation of military agreements, the risks of escalation in the conflict between the Moroccan regime and the Polisario Front is serious ”.
The dangerous game of the Gulf monarchies risks igniting the powder.

Abla Cherif

Algerian Evening, 24/10/2021

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