The polisario and its mentors must understand that “the world has changed and the time of separatism is over,” said Tuesday, in New York, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, recalling that autonomy remains “the only solution” to the regional dispute around the Moroccan Sahara.
“Compromise is the only way to resolve this dispute, and autonomy is the only solution we can hope for,” Hilale said at a press conference at UN headquarters following the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2468 extending the mandate of Minurso for six months.
As a result, the Moroccan ambassador called on the polisario to “turn the page on rhetorical rhetoric and ideological positions and remember that we are in 2019 and not in the 1970s”. “The world has changed and the days of separatism are over,” said Hilale.
In addition, the Moroccan Ambassador noted that the Security Council reiterated in resolution 2468 its injunction to the Polisario to comply with its resolutions 2414 and 2440 and to respect its commitments to the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy. UN, in this context, not to return to the buffer zone of Guergarate and not to move its so-called structures in the area east of the defense system in the Moroccan Sahara.
The reiteration of these injunctions constitutes a new warning from the Council, to the Polisario, that its continued violations and provocations threaten not only regional peace and stability, as noted in the Secretary General’s report, but risk compromising the political process, concluded Mr. Hilale.