C24: The Gambia reaffirms its “firm support” for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Morocco


The Gambia reaffirmed, before the members of the UN Committee of 24 (C24), its “firm support” for the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Morocco, as well as for the autonomy initiative as as a definitive, serious and compromise solution to the regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara.

“Today, The Gambia reaffirms its strong support for the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, which constitutes a serious compromise and a viable solution to this regional dispute,” underlined the Ambassador Permanent Representative of The Gambia to the UN, Lamin Dibba during the C24 Caribbean regional seminar held from May 14 to 16 in Caracas, Venezuela.

He noted that the autonomy initiative, which enjoys notable international support, is able to contribute to the security and stability of the region, especially since the Sahel is facing unprecedented security challenges. .

For him, the autonomy plan, described as serious and credible by the UN Security Council, is consistent with international law.

In the same vein, The Gambia welcomes the “constructive and cooperative” approach consistently adopted by Morocco, as well as its commitment to reaching a settlement to this regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara within the framework of the process led by the Nations. United, added the diplomat.

Mr. Dibba invited other stakeholders to demonstrate a constructive posture to advance the political process towards a compromise solution.

Welcoming the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Moroccan Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, aiming to give new impetus to the process carried out under the exclusive aegis of the United Nations in order to achieve a peaceful, lasting solution and mutually acceptable to this artificial conflict, the diplomat called on all parties to remain engaged in the roundtable process and seek a pragmatic and realistic resolution to this regional dispute.

The Gambian ambassador also highlighted the role of the regional commissions of the National Human Rights Council in Dakhla and Laâyoune as well as Morocco’s full cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and special procedures. of the UN Human Rights Council.

He also welcomed the dynamic of socio-economic development underway in the southern provinces thanks to the new development model launched in 2015, noting that this approach demonstrates Morocco’s long-term investment in peace and development. of the region. “This initiative undoubtedly creates numerous opportunities for economic growth while improving the standard of living of the populations living in the region,” he stressed.

At the same time, the Gambian diplomat welcomed the participation in the seminar of democratically elected representatives of the Moroccan Sahara.

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