European parliamentarians believe Sahara is Moroccan
Morocco-European Union, Politics, 7/12/2002
Most of the members of the European Parliament ad-hoc commission that made a field trip to Morocco and the Tindouf camps (southwestern Algeria) are convinced that the Sahara is a Moroccan territory, said Charles Marchiani, a member of the delegation.
In a phone interview with Moroccan TV channel 2M, The European representative cited historical, cultural and geographic data as evidence that the territory is actually Moroccan territory. He went on that the ad-hoc commission, which visited the Tindouf camps in October 2001 and Morocco in February 2002, has listened to the viewpoints of the Polisario and Algeria, to those of Sahrawis they met in Laayoune and to those of the Moroccan government. Most members do favor the framework agreement option -- which grants the territory a large autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.
He further expressed the group's refusal of the idea to partition the territory because history, geography and traditions evidence that the land is part of Moroccan territory.
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