In a speech on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the “Green March”, King Mohammed VI of Morocco stated that Western Sahara will never be at the negotiating table.
Stating that his country is in favor of a peaceful solution and ceasefire and that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) continues to cooperate and coordinate with the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), the King of Morocco said, “Western Sahara will never be on the negotiating table. We will not peacefully settle this regional conflict. “We are continuing negotiations to find a solution. The question of Western Sahara is the core of the national unity of the Kingdom. It is a matter of all Moroccans.”
Stating that the region has become an area open to investment and development thanks to the projects in Western Sahara, Mohammed VI stated, “We can say to parties with ambiguous or dual attitudes. Morocco will not take any economic or commercial steps with them that do not include Western Sahara.”
The King of Morocco also lauded the US administration’s decision last year to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.
The Western Sahara problem has been causing tension in the relations between Morocco and Algeria for years. Morocco accuses Algeria of supporting the Polisario Front. Meanwhile, Algeria does not support the steps of its neighbor Morocco in the Western Sahara.