Support for Morocco's sovereignty over its Sahara at the CDH

The unprecedented international support for the Moroccan character of the Sahara and the spectacular successes of Moroccan diplomacy on all fronts, including that of human rights, have reduced the thesis of the separatists and their mentors to what it is: a tissue of lies, manipulation and instrumentalization. Thus, within the framework of the work of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently being held in Geneva, the Ambassador, permanent representative of the Gabonese Republic in Geneva, Mireille Sarah Nzenze, pronounced a declaration, on behalf of the Support Group for the Territorial Integrity of the Kingdom in which around thirty Member States have, vigorously and solemnly, reaffirmed their strong and continuous support for the ″ full and complete sovereignty of Morocco over its Saharan provinces ″ . The support group also reiterated its support for the peaceful and legal action taken by Morocco in November 2020 to ensure free civil and commercial movement at the El Guerguarat border post, linking Morocco and Mauritania, with a view to putting an end to provocations affecting the freedom of movement of people and goods on this key mobility route between Africa and Europe. In this statement, the group welcomed the opening, by many countries, of consulates general in the cities of Dakhla and Laâyoune, which constitute a lever for strengthening economic cooperation and investments, for the benefit of local populations. , regional development, and also continental. While stressing that the interaction of Member States with the Council and the High Commissioner must retain its bilateral character and be preserved from any instrumentalisation which generates counterproductive debates within the Council, Ambassador Nzenze recalled that the question of the Sahara remains a political dispute handled by the UN Security Council, which recognizes the preeminence of the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco as credible and serious for a final solution to this regional dispute. She noted that the resolution of this regional dispute will contribute to realizing the legitimate aspirations of the African and Arab peoples in terms of integration and development, an objective that Morocco continues to strive for and for which it is making sincere and continuous efforts. In the same vein and while recalling the Kingdom’s commitment, for many years in a constructive, voluntary and deep interaction with the United Nations human rights system, in particular the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), for the promotion and respect of human rights throughout Morocco, she highlighted the resolutions of the Security Council which welcome the role played by the National Commissions and regional human rights in Dakhla and Laâyoune and the interaction between Morocco and the mechanisms under the special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council. This declaration, made in a formal framework within the United Nations, by States from various continents, confirms the increasingly clear and strong international adherence to the sovereignty of the Kingdom over its southern provinces, and the rejection of the use of the Human Rights Council fora by Algeria and its isolated small group involved in this instrumentalisation which has become obvious and unwelcome, in the eyes of the overwhelming majority of Council members.