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Statement by

Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah

Speaker of the House of Counsellors of Morocco


on the occasion of the
third part of the 2011 Ordinary Session
of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

(Strasbourg, 20-24 June 2011)


(Extract of the verbatim records)


Mr BIADILLAH (Speaker of the House of Counsellors of Morocco) said that all matters of importance had already been discussed. He thanked those who had made speeches during the debate, which confirmed the strategic choices made by Morocco. He thanked Mr Volontè for his report.

He did not want to go into all the nuanced points of the new constitution, which managed to maintain Morocco’s unique character – all countries had their own unique character – while combining it with a set-up that was compatible with the rule of law and was transparent and open to the world. Morocco was a country that was sure of itself, having over a thousand years of history, but it was also open to universal values. Morocco wanted the future generation, with which there had been some hiatus, to come to the fore. That was why it had decided to bring about a new constitution during a stormy time for the region. Moroccan voices needed to be heard, but hopefully in a calmer way than was being done by their neighbours.

Morocco faced the same problems as most European countries: terrorism, illegal immigration, poverty and drug trafficking. Europe’s security, particularly the security of the southern Mediterranean region, depended on Africa. Morocco wanted to be a model for that region. The changes were not artificial, and he hoped to come back in two years and report on progress made. The new constitution would be a more than adequate system, and it was supported by all political parties. He hoped other countries would follow Morocco’s example and that it could become an exemplar of democracy on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.

He expressed a hope that the partnership status would have a long life as Morocco became increasingly interdependent on the rest of the world – an interdependence that was greater now than ever before.