Morocco - (Q&A - French official statements - March 9th, 2016)

Q - The Moroccan government protested in the strongest possible terms on Tuesday about the comments made by Ban Ki-moon on the question of the Sahara, noting “with great amazement, Ban Ki-moon’s unwarranted verbal excesses, his presentation of a fait accompli and gestures of complacency during his recent visit to the region.” What is France’s response to these developments and their impact on the process aimed at resolving this conflict?

A - The visit by the UN secretary-general to the region provided an opportunity to address, among other issues, the question of the Western Sahara, where MINURSO peacekeepers are deployed; the United Nations is engaged in mediation efforts to resolve the issue. France supports these efforts within the framework of the parameters established by the Security Council.

France’s position on the Western Sahara is well known and remains unchanged. We support the efforts to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution, under the auspices of the UN.

France considers the autonomy plan presented by Morocco in 2007 to be a sound and credible basis for a negotiated solution.