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War Between Morocco and Algeria Over Western Sahara Not an Option

Rabat – Amid growing tension between Morocco and Algeria over the so-called Western Sahara conflict, senior politicians of both countries reportedly have ruled out rumors that the dispute could escalate into war.After the visit of Mohammed VI, king of Morocco, to the southern provinces of the country, Algeria reportedly reacted strongly, reinforcing its military units by the borders.Moroccan politicians, however, have called instead for political initiatives to resolve* the dispute, stressing that the Autonomy Plan is as far as Morocco will go.According to Mohamed El-Yazghi, Morocco’s former Minister of State, war is unacceptable.“Those who start it will defy the UN, which has safeguarded the ceasefire since 1971,” he told Quds Press, insisting that “war would not, in any case, change the facts on the ground.” “Morocco has fortified itself and no one can remove it from the Sahara, so I do not think that anyone can change that,” he added.When asked about the possibility of an initiative to end the dispute between the two countries, El Yazghi said that, “Morocco has proposed autonomy with broad powers in the southern provinces.”However, any initiative seeking to resolve the issue “should start with convincing the separatists in the Polisario and Algeria that this is the right way to go, and Morocco has nothing else to offer.”A number of countries and politicians all over the world view Morocco’s proposed autonomy plan presented to the Security Council in April 2007 as “the best solution” to the Sahara conflict.The United States, one of the five veto-wielding countries at the UN Security Council and the penholder of the resolutions on conflict, has repeatedly stated that the Moroccan autonomy offers the basis for a mutually agreed political solution to the territorial dispute.”U.S. policy toward the Western Sahara has remained consistent for many years. The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Western Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” said the White House in a joint statement released following King Mohammed VI’s meeting with Obama on November 22, 2013 in Washington D.C.During his successful visit to Laâyoune on the 40th Anniversary of the Green March last Friday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI made several important announcements concerning development projects that aim to boost the economy and infrastructure of the southern provinces.

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