Josep Borrell, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated that the European Union is aware that the Moroccan Sahara issue is an “existential problem for Morocco”, expressing its “understanding of this”, calling for a “pragmatic solution” to the Sahara issue.
Borrell said today during a press interview at the headquarters of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, that the European Union supports the efforts of the United Nations and the Security Council to reach “a realistic, fair and pragmatic political solution acceptable to parties.” He explained that the European Union “has taken note of the serious and credible efforts of Morocco in this area”.
For the first time, a European official of this stature speaks of a “pragmatic” solution to the Sahara problem and supports Morocco’s efforts.
It comes at a time when Borrell angered Morocco when he called in a statement last August to “consult the Saharawi people”. Hen Burita responded by stating that his statements were “a slip of the tongue corrected by the EU’s external interests.” He made it clear that he regretted Borrell’s statement, which “does not reflect the position of Spain and Europe regarding the Moroccan Sahara.”