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Prince Hicham Alaoui: The Western Sahara conflict must be resolved through respect for democracy, human rights and international law

Prince Hisham Alaoui, confirmed in an opinion article under the title: Normalization from Morocco’s Perspective: Beyond the Western Sahara-Palestine “Transaction”, that the Western Sahara conflict must be resolved through respect for democracy, human rights and international law.

“As the Trump administration announced last year, Morocco has become the fifth Arab country to normalize relations with Israel. By Trump’s own words, this move came about through a strategic transaction. The US acknowledges Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, and in return Morocco will develop full-fledged commercial, strategic, and diplomatic ties with the Israeli state.” Prince Hicham Alaoui said.

“Such mutual recognition has raised intense criticism from many quarters, who see Morocco as exploiting the situation of two stateless peoples. According to this view, Morocco is selling out the Palestinians in exchange for strengthening its position in Western Sahara, whose status remains undetermined by international law.” Hicham Alaoui added.

“This convenient geopolitical narrative, however, misinterprets the Moroccan perspective. Morocco does not see the issues of Western Sahara and Palestine as transactable. These are both sad legacies of Western colonialism, but each also retains its own specificities and challenges. The fundamental struggle for Morocco is how to resolve each crisis in the most just way.” he said.

“The circumstances of Western Sahara are not equivalent to the Palestinian tragedy. “

“One must be cognizant that the US declaration is an important political gesture, but not one that can alter international law. It will be up to the Biden administration to accept, retract, or alter it.” he said.

“Morocco understands that genuine normalization with Israel cannot be contingent upon a transaction. It should be a process that also respects the rights of the Palestinian people. This idea runs throughout our history.” Prince Hicham Alaoui concluded.

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