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HM the King stresses need to pursue implementation of integrated strategic action on Sahara issue.

Summary: Midelt - HM King Mohammed VI stressed, on Saturday, the need to pursue the implementation of the integrated strategic action outlined in last year's speech commemorating the Green March.

Midelt - HM King Mohammed VI stressed, on Saturday, the need to pursue the implementation of the integrated strategic action outlined in last year's speech commemorating the Green March.

"Whatever positive developments there may be in connection with our national cause, we have to keep in mind that to capitalize on these changes and successfully rise to the challenge, we have to pursue the implementation of the integrated strategic action I outlined in last year's speech commemorating the Green March," underlined the Monarch in an address to the nation, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Green March. HM the King said that this strategy touches on advanced regionalization, and the restructuring of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs and the Agency for the Development of the Southern Provinces. Concerning advanced regionalization, the Sovereign said the Saharan provinces will be the first to benefit from this project which "involves broader democratic management of regional affairs and the promotion of human rights through regional and local mechanisms." Regarding the restructuring the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs, HM the King announced that he will soon issue the Royal Decree instituting the Council with its new membership, adding that it will be set up in light of fundamental reform measures. In this respect, HM the King explained that these reform measures provide for the democratization of the Council's make-up by restricting its membership to representative institutions, tribal leaders and key figures, making sure it is more open, in particular, to new elites, especially those representing local civil society, human rights institutions, young people, women and productive sectors, as well as representatives of our citizens who have returned to the homeland and of Moroccans living abroad. On the restructuring of the Agency for the Development of the Southern Provinces, HM the King announced that he has made two decisions. The first decision concerns the Agency's jurisdiction in the Saguia El Hamra and Oued Eddhahab region, as well as the focus to be placed on implementing human development projects and local programs that create jobs for youth, foster social justice and facilitate the accommodation and integration of our fellow citizens who return to the motherland, HM the King said. The second decision concerns the creation of a similar agency that will have jurisdiction over the remaining regions currently covered by the Agency for the Development of the Southern Provinces, as well as over other regions, the Sovereign added. "The new agency will be entrusted with the task of pursuing efforts to develop these regions which are dear to my heart", HM the King said. As for the main elements of the strategy designed to keep up the nation's mobilization and support the untiring efforts of diplomatic service, HM the King insisted on the need to bolster diplomatic action with bold, parallel initiatives to be undertaken by Parliament, political parties, human rights associations, civil society and the media with a view to defending the Kingdom's just cause.

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