Le Matin du Sahara: Andalusia favors solution of the Sahara dispute that cares for Morocco's kingty, official
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 10/18/2003
The president of the local government of Andalusia (Southern Spain), said he supports a solution to the Sahara dispute that "takes into account the sovereignty" of Morocco.
Manuel Maria Chaves Rodriguez, told Moroccan daily "Le Matin du Sahara" he "personally considers that any solution must cater for two main aspects: sovereignty and autonomy."
"There can be no imposed solution, even if it goes through the United Nations Security Council," he said adding that the draft peace plan, crafted by James Baker, former US Secretary of State and Personal Envoy of UN Secretary General, "must propose working methods but never, in my opinion, there can be an option imposed unilaterally."
Chaves said in conclusion that "consensus and negotiations are necessary in this issue and the Baker plan must be viewed as working basis on which one should ponder."
The Sahara, a former Spanish colony, was retrieved by Morocco in 1975 under a tripartite agreement signed with Spain and Mauritania.
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