Moroccan Sahara: Security Council Clears the Air with Algeria

The Security Council received on Thursday a briefing by the United Nations Secretariat on the issue of Moroccan Sahara, as provided for in resolution 2494, adopted on October 30, 2019.

Contrary to the wishes of Algeria, which has engaged its media and galvanized its official and unofficial press, the Security Council has, according to diplomatic sources at the UN, ignored its disturbances on the opening of Consulates General in the Moroccan Sahara, considering that these are acts of sovereignty in accordance with international law and strictly within the framework of bilateral relations between Morocco and its African partners.

As a reminder, Algeria was the only State among the 193 States of the UN to react to the opening of the Consulate General of the Union of the Comoros in Laayoune, instinctively using an aggressive statement, and to the opening of the Consulate General of Côte d’Ivoire in the same city, going as far as the recall of its Ambassador in Abidjan.

The disregard for the Security Council, which remains the sole legitimate guardian of the maintenance of international peace and security, is all the more compelling given that the series of Algerian statements has always been based on international law. In so doing, the United Nations executive body, the ultimate guardian of international legality, demonstrates the flawed and empty nature of Algeria’s arguments.

In addition to the ten African countries that have opened Consulates General in the Moroccan Sahara, countries from other regions of the world have announced their intention to open consular posts in the region in the near future, indifferent to Algeria’s protests.

The Algerian determination on the issue of opening Consulates General proves once again that Algeria is the main party to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, as Morocco has always demonstrated with clarity.

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