Moroccan Sahara : Autonomy Plan, Only Option for Final Solution – Former FM of Guinea-Bissau –

The autonomy plan proposed by Morocco for its southern provinces is the only “option” for a final solution to the Sahara question, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guinea-Bissau Maria da Conceição Nobre Cabral said. “Under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco is the only option leading us to a final solution to the Sahara question,” she told MAP, on the sidelines of a sub-regional seminar organized recently, by the Pan-African Strategies Institute (IPS), a Senegalese Think Tank, on the theme “Thinking about the Sahara Question and promoting innovative solutions”. According to Nobre Cabral, the strategy to finally reach a solution to this issue is to contribute massively to the support of the autonomy plan”. “I would like to congratulate HM King Mohammed VI for the leadership and the major diplomatic triumph that Morocco has achieved in 2020 and also for his unwavering commitment to a dynamic of openness, progress and modernity for a comprehensive development of the region and Africa,” the former top official highlighted. “The implementation of the plan proposed by Morocco is desirable because it emphasizes the multi-sectoral development of this region and embodies the sincerity of Moroccan authorities,” she added. To this day, the Moroccan initiative, deemed credible, serious, and realistic by the UN, is the only “truly credible” proposal on the table, she noted. The “relevance” and the “great scope” of the Moroccan plan are welcomed by the majority of the international community and considered as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to this regional conflict, she pointed out, underscoring the importance of the decision of the United States to recognize the full sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara. She also mentioned the opening of consulates-general of countries in Laayoune and Dakhla, adding that this “is a sovereign step reflecting in its essence a strong support and proper implementation of the process of resolving this conflict.”