Moroccan Prime Minister Mr. Ahmed Osman has said Morocco is determined to maintain order in?
Moroccan Prime Minister Mr. Ahmed Osman has said Morocco is determined to maintain order in the Western Sahara at all costs. Mr. Osman made the statement shortly after he arrived in the French capital, Paris, on Wednesday (7 January) for a three day visit.
The Moroccan leader was met at Orly airport by French Prime Minister M. Jacques Chirac.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Osman said that he had visited the Western Sahara a fortnight ago, when he had been assured by the Saharoui people of their allegiance to the Moroccan crown.
He said order had been established in the area, and that his government was determined to maintain this state of affairs to enable the implementation of various economic and cultural projects necessary for the development of the territory.
Asked about the danger of war between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara question, Mr. Osman said the attitude of the Algerian leaders was a cause for concern.
He said be hoped Algeria would assess the situation realistically and spare the region a fratricidal war which could only result in a waste of effort and money that should be used for development to benefit both the Moroccan and Algerian peoples.
During his visit to France Mr. Osman will have talks with M. Chirac and President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on a number of issues, including bilateral relations.
SYNOPSIS: Orly airport in Paris ... where on Wednesday the Moroccan Prime Minister Mr. Ahmed Osman arrived for three days of talks with French leaders. He was greeted by French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac and other officials.
Shortly after he arrived Mr. Osman told newsmen that Morocco was determined to maintain order in the Western Sahara at all costs. He said he had visited the area a fortnight ago and had been assured of the allegiance of the Saharoui people.
He also expressed concern about Algeria's attitude to the Western Sahara question.
He said he hoped Algeria would face the reality of the situation and spare the region a conflict that would only waste money and effort that should be used to benefit both the Moroccan and Algerian peoples.