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Moroccan King's latest statement on Western Sahara and hostility towards Al Qaeda
On April 27, Moroccan authorities announced the dismantling of an Al Qaeda-linked international terrorist network planning to attack security and foreign services in Morocco. The network’s aim was “to hire Moroccan activists to send them to conflict-prone areas, especially in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the Sahel-Saharan region.” Since the terrorist attacks in Casablanca on 16 May 16, 2003 that killed 45 people among them the suicide-bombers, the Moroccan authorities have been able to upset several terrorist plots and made more than a thousand arrests.
Following Morocco’s detention of Al-Qaeda linked terrorist cells, King Mohammad VI in a July 30 speech from the throne said “Morocco will continue to defend its sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity with the resolve not to give up any inch of Western Sahara.”
July 30 marks the eleventh anniversary of his enthronement. The King warned that “Actions to integrate the Western Sahara will be carried out with the expectation that Algeria stops thwarting the logic of history, geography, legitimacy and legality on the Moroccan Sahara, and gives up its desperate maneuvers aimed in vain at derailing the momentum of our autonomy initiative for our southern provinces.”
He added that “Morocco will continue to move forward in implementing the “ambitious vision that we outlined in our last Green March speech, ensuring that the Moroccan Sahara is a top beneficiary of the advanced regionalization process and by continuing unabated efforts to promote the common development of our southern provinces.”
Source African Press Agency