TSA /PUSL .- New blow for Morocco on the Western Sahara issue. The US Senate Appropriations Committee has taken new decisions that are not favourable to Morocco.
For Algeria, it is a new diplomatic victory for the Saharawi people in their struggle for a self-determination referendum.
Algeria expressed this Friday, August 5, its satisfaction with the position of the US Senate Appropriations Committee on Western Sahara. For Amar Belani, this committee has swept aside “the expansionist claims of the Kingdom of Morocco.
This stance welcomed by Algeria was taken during the presentation of the bill on the appropriations allocated to the State Department for its foreign operations and other related programmes, according to Belani.
The US Senate Appropriations Committee addressed the Western Sahara issue from “three extremely important angles,” he explained in a statement to TSA on Friday 5 August.
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The first angle is contained in the “explanatory memorandum of the budget bill” where the committee “deals separately with the Western Sahara issue without ever mentioning the Kingdom of Morocco”.
For the Algerian ambassador, the Appropriations Committee of the US Parliament “thus joins the jurisprudence of the European Union’s Court of Justice, which ruled on the ‘separate and distinct’ character of the territory of Western Sahara.”
The second angle is that the US Senate Appropriations Committee “urged the Secretary of State to promote the establishment of a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the issue of human rights within the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara”, adds the Special Envoy in charge of the Western Sahara and Maghreb countries at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For the third and last angle, Amar Belani adds, this committee “recommended that none of the funds allocated or made available by the 2023 finance law or previous laws can be used to support the construction or operation of an American consulate in Western Sahara.”
A measure that puts an end to Moroccan ambitions to see the United States join the list of countries that have opened a consulate in the occupied Saharawi territories.
Amar Belani adds that the US Senate Appropriations Committee has “recommended the continuation of certain programmes to improve education, health care, economic opportunities and other forms of assistance in Western Sahara, asking the Secretary of State to consult with the Appropriations Committee on the intended uses of these funds.
Western Sahara.—The Committee urges the Secretary of State to promote the establishment of a human rights monitoring and reporting mechanism within the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara.
The Committee recommends not less than the prior fiscal year level, within funds provided for the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative, for programs to improve education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and for other assistance for the Western Sahara, and directs the Secretary of State to consult with the Committees on Appropriations on the planned uses of such funds.
None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by the act or prior acts may be used to support the construction or operation of a U.S. consulate in the Western Sahara.