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On December 10, US President Donald Trump announced the achievement of an agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and Israel on the normalization of relations with American mediation. During a telephone conversation between King Mohamed VI of Morocco and President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas on the same day, Rabat reportedly confirmed that there is no alternative to a comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on a generally recognized international legal basis.

We welcome the agreement reached on the understanding that it will contribute to an early, just solution to the Palestinian problem and the improvement of the general situation in the Middle East region.

At the same time, we note that, in fact, in connection with this event, Washington has taken another unilateral step that threatens regional stability. The matter concerns the recognition by the United States of Morocco’s sovereignty over the entire territory of Western Sahara and the intention to open an American consulate there.

With such a decision, the Trump administration went to undermine the generally recognized international legal framework for the Western Sahara settlement (ZSU), which provides for the determination of the final status of this territory through a referendum. This new US position could seriously impede UN efforts to promote the ZSU, exacerbate relations between the parties directly involved, and provoke a new round of armed violence in the Sahara-Sahel zone.

Our principled line with regard to the Western Sahara problem remains unchanged. We believe that a long-term and just solution to it is possible only on the basis of the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions within the framework of procedures consistent with the principles and goals of the UN Charter. The path to this lies through the resumption of direct negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front with UN mediation. We are convinced that the parties involved in the ZSU are capable of working out those solutions that would meet the interests of regional security and stability. We presume that the elimination of this hotbed of tension would help unblock integration projects in the Maghreb, establish effective collective interaction in the fight against common security challenges, primarily terrorism and cross-border crime.

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