C24/Sahara: St. Lucia Reaffirms Support for Autonomy Plan, Praises Morocco's 'Credible and Serious' Efforts

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Castries, 13 May 2022 - Saint Lucia reaffirmed, Thursday before the members of the Committee of 24 (C24) of the UN, its support for the autonomy plan in the Sahara, while welcoming the "serious and credible" efforts made by Morocco to advance the UN process to end this regional dispute.

Speaking at the regional seminar of the C24 for the Caribbean held in the capital Castries, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saint Lucia, Guillaume Simon also highlighted the participation of elected officials from the Moroccan Sahara in this meeting.

In addition, he reaffirmed the long-standing support of his country to the work of the UN Secretary General and his Personal Envoy for the Sahara, Staffan de Mistura to revive the UN process to achieve a consensual solution to this artificial conflict.

The Saint Lucian official welcomed de Mistura's recent first visit to Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania as part of a concerted effort to resume political dialogue.

Simon also highlighted Morocco's commitment to the resumption of the political process in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2602, while expressing his support for the "successful" process of roundtables. He expressed the hope that the next edition of this process will be held.

St. Lucia also praised the commitment of all stakeholders to the efforts to achieve a just, realistic, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara.

Source: MAP