Guinea Moroccos Autonomy Plan Meets International Standards

Rabat – Guinea has asserted that Morocco’s autonomy plan meets “international standards for the delegation of authority to the local populations.”“Guinea congratulates the Kingdom of Morocco for its commendable efforts, including the autonomy initiative, which remains an ideal framework for negotiations … and which has the merit of transcending traditional positions and meeting international standards for the delegation of authority to the local populations,” said Ambassador Cheick Ahmed Tidiane Camara. Camara is head of the Africa-Asia-Middle East Division at Guinea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad. Camara delivered the statement Monday before the 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York.Camara stated that Guinea supports the negotiation process on the Western Sahara conflict to reach an agreed-upon and mutually acceptable political solution “on the basis of realism and compromise,” Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported today.“My delegation welcomes the initiatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the commendable efforts of his Personal Envoy to reach a peaceful settlement based on the necessary cooperation of all stakeholders in the political process,” he added.The Guinean ambassador also said his country strongly encourages “stakeholders in the political process to preserve the achievements and strengthen them in order to ensure the stability of the region.”In a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on October 1, Gabon also reasserted its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan, describing it as an “ideal framework” to reach a solution on Western Sahara.In addition to Guinea and Gabon, many other African countries, such as Mali, Ghana, Senegal, and Burkina Faso, also expressed their support for Morocco’s territorial integrity.