The European Union and Morocco adopt for the first time a common language on the Sahara issue, stressed on Thursday in Brussels Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, President of the European Commission.
“We have for the first time a common language on this issue,” said the head of European diplomacy at the joint press conference with Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the end of the work of the 14th session of the Morocco-EU Association Council.
Responding to a question from a journalist about the EU’s position on the Moroccan Sahara, Mogherini said that “having a common language is one of the most important, most positive results, and gives us hope for the future”.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy referred to the EU’s position in the “Joint Political Declaration”, adopted unanimously by the Member States, at the end of of the 14th session of the Morocco-EU Association Council.
In their Joint Political Declaration, an unprecedented document in the history of EU relations with a neighboring country, the two partners “reaffirm their support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to continue the political process to achieve a political, just, realistic, pragmatic, sustainable and mutually acceptable solution” to the question of the Moroccan Sahara, “which is based on compromise”, in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council, including resolution 2468 of 30 April latest.
The EU, says the Joint Political Declaration, “takes positive note of the serious and credible efforts made by Morocco to this end as reflected in the aforementioned resolution and encourages all parties to continue their commitment in a spirit of realism and compromise in the context of arrangements consistent with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations”.
The new EU doctrine on the national question rejects any reference to “self-determination” and aligns itself with the UN position expressed in the last resolution, which favors pragmatism, realism, sustainability and the spirit of compromise.
It thus recognizes the pre-eminence of the Moroccan autonomy proposal as the most credible, realistic and viable solution to the artificial regional conflict around the question of the Moroccan Sahara.