Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Western Sahara : Is it a part of Morocco and end of the story?



Western Sahara issue was and is still a main problem in both the international scene and the national affairs of Morocco, a problem to be solved, yet nobody knows how to approach this complex historical, social, geographical  and economical concern with enough competence and professionalism.

A lot is to win or to lose in this case, from the phosphorus resources to the fisheries in the Atlantic, passing by the numerous interests in the region especially the strategic geopolitical ones, without even mentioning the highly instable situation in the southern part of the Sahara where several “terroristic” cells operate freely; everything combines to make from the Western Sahara an urgent concern for not only Spain, Algeria, Morocco and the Polisario, but for the whole community, a concern which need immediate settlement and prior importance.
An issue like this cannot be ignored under the current flow of events taking place all over the world and which pushes toward a global intervention in internal affairs as part of the new world cooperative relations which involve the international community as a whole in discussions and decision making.


When it comes to the Moroccan role in the Sahara tragedy, there nothing but emptiness, laziness and inefficiency, clearly shown through the lack of political understanding of a critical file which can compromise not only the unity of the country, but also the national security in both political and economic stages. The absence of a serious political will to solve the problem or at least to bring palpable results to the progress of negotiations process is quite alarming, but what unveils the refusal of Moroccan authorities to work efficiently on the subject are the restrictions imposed on other parts which are willing to contribute positively in the settlement of a long standing issue. Who I mean here are the citizens, with a special focus on the nationals outside the country. The Sahara file has been classified for decades in the old archives of the Ministry of Interior, making from a national concern just a small homeland security issue disconnected for the international scene.

The first glimpse of hope came after the transfer of the Western Sahara issue from the hands of the tough security men to the diplomatic institutions, giving it a great push into the international yard and prioritizing its settlement for the sake of peace and overall progress in the North African region. But what seemed to be a victory first soon turned into an astonishing failure. The intellectuals and great thinkers as well as the amazing skilled diplomats who were meant to be in charge of the dossier, leading negotiations and advocating for the sake of our national cause turned to be careless monkeys unaware of the strategic importance of what they were carrying in the UN corridors.



Same faces, same failures. The only things which kept on changing were not only the unusual ways our lovely diplomats carried out to make from us a joke at which everybody laughs (at least Ban Ki-Moon has some entertainment during the boring UN sessions!), but also the easiness with which they gave Polisario leaders unimaginable opportunities to gather international support and compassion.


Today, the remaining question probably is how we are going to regain people’s trust in our words, convince world leaders with our cause and push our position forward in the world stage?
Well, the solution is you, young Moroccan people who maybe are reading this article right now. If there is a drop of patriotism in your hearts, if Morocco is not only words you hear but a beating pulse you don’t want to see shut and if you are not ready to forget the blood which have been spilled in our sacred land, be Moroccan, act now!                       
Mohamed Amine Belarbi

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