Western Sahara – Reminder of the statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (February 26, 2017)

France welcomes the announcement by Morocco today of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region. This is an important gesture in terms of easing tensions, taking stability and the interests of the region into account.

France calls on all parties to demonstrate a spirit of responsibility by unconditionally and immediately withdrawing the armed elements active in the same area, in accordance with the ceasefire.

It reaffirms its support for the efforts to find - under the auspices of the UN - a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution in Western Sahara, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions. It considers the 2007 Moroccan Autonomy Plan to be a credible and serious basis for achieving this goal.

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