Open Letter to U.S. State Department regarding American Morocco position

April 23, 2021, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco 

The last Security Council meeting and the disappointing American position

To whom it may concern in the State Department – USA

Featured image of Rabat, “Rabat” by jakuza is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

The role played by the United States of America in the negotiations over the Sahara conflict throughout the Security Council meeting held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, was not appropriate as much as would have been naturally and rightfully desirable.

It is therefore disconcerting that a great country such as America which has, not long ago, recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over its Sahara with much courage and foresight chose to take this last stand.

It would have been advisable for the United States to take a much more appropriate standpoint that is suitable to the new context. Instead, no viable measures have been undertaken in that regard; namely with respect to Algerian-Polisarian war-like attitude, the stance related to Guergarate conflict, or Russia’s extremist attitude towards the American recognition of the Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara, nor less still the blockade of the other parties over the appointment of a new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

It is thus disappointing that instead of bolstering conflict resolution, the US administration is still seeking to perpetuate it by retaining a status quo.

It is high time the US admitted they have much to do with Morocco’s problems with respect to the Sahara conflict. Otherwise, how could it remain silent as regards Polisario and Algeria’s actions that jeopardize peace in the region, even after Trump recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara?

 

And now two sovereign countries Spain and Algeria, have admitted to San Pedro hospital in Logroño in the vicinity of the Spanish city of Zaragoza, Brahim Ghali, the alleged president of the Sahrawi pseudo-republic under a false identity so he could avoid prosecution by hisvictims for crimes of rape and even worse; thereby acknowledging that this so-called republic is only a fictitious entity maintained by the Algerian military junta.

Back in 1999 in Laayoune, William Eagleton invited me to dinner as a tribal Sheikh and native of the Sahara participating in the ongoing identification process, together with Dr. Maalaynine Khallihenna participating as an observer in the same process. That night Mr. Eagleton asked me as a University Professor about his son’s choice of studies. Then out of the blue, he asked me what I thought about autonomy in the Sahara. This meant that the United States was at the forefront of the idea of autonomy, which Morocco proposed a few years later.

I am most dismayed at the malignant schemes formerly undertaken by the then Personal Envoys of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, namely James Baker who conducted numerous pointless maneuvers, and Christopher Ross’s having engaged in relentless stalling tactics, barely hiding their bias in favor of the other parties.

It is no less outrageous that a country as militarily well-groomed as the United States, able to detect the slightest suspicious separatists-led activities in the region, treats such a rogue state as Algeria and its Polisario mercenary protégés, that harass its neighboring countries Libya, Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania, on an equal footing with a long-standing ally such as Morocco?

Mohamed Salah Tamek
A native Sahrawi and former
Sheikh of identification
Process in the Moroccan Sahara