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Hungary says Morocco's autonomy proposal 'very constructive'.

Summary: Hungary has described Morocco's proposal to grant substantial autonomy to its southern provinces, the Sahara, a 'very constructive' plan which evidences the sincere will of Morocco to find a lasting solution to the Sahara conflict.

Hungary has described Morocco's proposal to grant substantial autonomy to its southern provinces, the Sahara, a 'very constructive' plan which evidences the sincere will of Morocco to find a lasting solution to the Sahara conflict.a The Moroccan proposal is very constructive and demonstrates that Morocco sincerely wants a lasting solution to the Sahara issue, Hungarian Foreign Minister, Kinga Goncz, told MAP on the eve of a two-day working visit she is paying to Morocco as of Thursday at the invitation of her Moroccan peer, Taib Fassi Fihri. <p>aaaa "The proposal of autonomy demonstrates that Morocco is aware of her responsibilities and sincerely wants a lasting solution," she said, stressing that this plan should serve as a "basis on which the parties can finally arrive at a consensus."

aa The Hungarian official deemed that providing a large autonomy to the Sahara would not only solve the impasse of the situation, but it would also enrich the Constitution of the Moroccan kingdom with a new democratic element.aaa

aaa Underlining that Hungary backs the resolution of conflicts through political dialog and negotiations on the basis of the political solutions reached by all interested parties, Goncz said the international community should encourage and help in every possible way such efforts.

aaa "It is the overall interest of the peoples concerned as well as of the international community to work out the terms of peace and stability," she said.aaa

aaa Mrs Goncz who convened that the Sahara conflict "has been lasting for too long" and that it would be in the interest of the entire Maghreb region to find a lasting and just solution to it,a assured that Hungary "support the efforts made by the UN and the Secretary General, aimed at finding a solution acceptable by all parties."aaa

aaa Recalling the recent appointment of Christopher Ross as personal envoy of the UNSG for the Sahara, Goncz said that this "experienced diplomat" has been appointed with the clear mandate to work at the solution on the basis of the Security Council's previous resolutions, among others the latest resolution 1813. This also shows that the Manhasset process shall continue, she said, adding that Hungarya encourages the parties concerned "to hold substantial negotiations in the framework of the Manhasset process."

aaa Hungary believes in the democratic values of autonomy initiatives, Mrs Goncz said noting that one can also refer to the European examples where autonomy enabled toa solve century-long conflicts and that Hungary is ready to share her experiences and the lessons learned in Central Europe in this domain.aa

aaa "Hungary firmly believes in the democratic values of autonomy initiatives," she said, citing examples in Europe where autonomy helped solve centuries-old disputes, and voicing her country's will to share its experience and the lessons drawn from Central Europe in this field.

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