On Thursday evening, US President Donald Trump announced that he had signed a declaration recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.
Trump said in a tweet on “Twitter”: “Today I signed a declaration recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.”
He added, “Morocco‘s serious, realistic and serious proposal for self-government is the only basis for a just and lasting solution to achieve lasting peace and prosperity!”
Today, I signed a proclamation recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over the Western Sahara. Morocco’s serious, credible, and realistic autonomy proposal is the ONLY basis for a just and lasting solution for enduring peace and prosperity!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2020
The White House said it believed that establishing an independent state in Western Sahara is not a realistic option to resolve the conflict.
The White House urged the parties to the conflict in Western Sahara to enter into discussions without delay based on Morocco’s plan for autonomy as a framework for negotiations.
For decades, the United Nations has sponsored efforts to find an agreed political solution to end this conflict. In a new resolution at the end of October, the Security Council extended the United Nations Mission’s mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another year.
On November 13th, the Moroccan authorities announced that they had decided to move militarily to confront what they said were “dangerous provocations by the Polisario militia,” which was considered by the “Polisario” as a violation that “completely undermines the ceasefire agreement” signed in 1991.