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Multiplying states in the Maghreb region, not the solution.

Summary: Analyst Khadija Mohsen-Finan and head of the research department at the French Institute for International Relations warned that "multiplying states in the (Maghreb) region is not the solution" to the Sahara issue.

Analyst Khadija Mohsen-Finan and head of the research department at the French Institute for International Relations warned that "multiplying states in the (Maghreb) region is not the solution" to the Sahara issue. <p>In a statement to Switzerland's "Radio Suisse Romande", Mrs Mohsen-Finan made it clear that the so-called SADR resulted from an act of self-proclamation, adding that it is only "recognized by local bodies," while there is no recognition of this entity at the international level.

Recalling that several countries have withdrawn their recognition of the so-called SADR, the pundit called for taking into account "reality" in the resolution of this conflict. "Either one wants to get out of this conflict or does not want to. I believe that at the political level the compromise would prevail," she underlined, stressing that compromise would enable people to manage their issues at the local level and put forth their identity, within the framework of the Moroccan state." a aaa The United States of America could bring out this issue from stalemate "because it is afraid of this region and wishes to pacify it." Washington fears that the region would become "a refuge or a rear base for al-Qaeda, which now has a branch in the Maghreb," she said.

aaa "There is fear that members of the former Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), currently known as al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb, would form alliance with members of the Polisario, who would, in turn, form alliance with the Touaregs and at that moment, there will be no control," she underlined, noting that the wish to pacify the region should encourage the USA and the UN to support the autonomy solution.

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Date:Sep 12, 2008
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