The French government “
” the decision of the presidential party La République en Marche (LREM) to open a committee in Western Sahara, largely controlled by Morocco but claimed by the separatists of the Polisario Front, the secretary said on Tuesday April 13. of French State for European Affairs.
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It is an initiative taken locally that I regret and which does not change France's position on this highly sensitive issue
," said Clément Beaune during a questioning session for the government at the National Assembly.
The opening of a committee of the LREM, party of President Emmanuel Macron, in Dakhla, Western Sahara, has raised questions, especially in Algeria, which supports the Polisario Front against Morocco.
The management of the LREM has already hinted in recent days that it would not reverse this decision which, according to it, is a "
Recalling the "
permanent risk of tension
" in Western Sahara, Clément Beaune underlined the importance of the search for a political solution "
within the framework of international legality and the United Nations
The whole of this situation reminds us of the urgency of the only possible way, that of the resumption of a political process.
It is this path of balance that France defends
, ”he said.
In this perspective, let's face it, the Moroccan autonomy plan is a basis for serious and credible discussion that must be taken into account
Communist deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq described as "
" the opening of this local committee and questioned the role of the executive in this decision, accusing Emmanuel Macron of "
spitting on the resolutions of official institutions like the UN or the European Court of Justice
The Polisario, which proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in 1976, calls for the holding of a referendum planned by the UN at the time of the signing of a ceasefire between the belligerents in 1991. Morocco , which controls about 80% of this vast desert territory, a former Spanish colony, proposes a plan of autonomy under its sovereignty.