Committee of 24″ calls for accelerating the process of decolonization of Western Sahara

United Nations (New York), June 12, 2018 (SPS)

Delegations from the various countries attending the annual session of the UN Special Commission on Decolonization, known as the Committee of 24, called on Monday to resume negotiations on Western Sahara to accelerate decolonization.

The Ecuadorian representative, Diego Fernando Morejon Pazmino, who spoke at the session on the Saharawi issue, said that it is important to focus on relaunching the negotiations between the two sides, considering that thirty years of failure are unacceptable.

For his part, the representative of Timor-Leste, Mr. Mautito, asked the Committee to intensify its efforts to end colonialism, noting that in the 17 Territories live almost two million people.

Mr. Mautito recalled that the Polisario Front is the legitimate representative of the people of Western Sahara, emphasizing that the country has established diplomatic relations with the Saharawi people and recognizes the sovereignty of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic that already has its embassy in Dili.

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FOLLOWING MINURSO PEACEKEEPING MANDATE RENEWAL, POLISARIO URGES IMMEDIATE LAUNCH OF DIRECT NEGOTIATING PROCESS

PRESS RELEASE – MINURSO Coordinator Mhamed Khadad  Frente POLISARIO

[NEW YORK – 27 April, 2018]

Today the UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for a period of six months.

The Frente POLISARIO takes note of this development and in particular the short renewal period which reflects the need for an urgent resumption of the UN political process. The POLISARIO reiterates its commitment to enter into a time-bound process of direct negotiations with Morocco to finally allow for the exercise by our People of our inalienable right to self-determination and independence in accordance with the United Nations doctrine on Decolonization.

The Frente Polisario notes that through this resolution, the Security Council is insisting on the resumption of the negotiations without any precondition and in good faith. It is a clear and strong message to Morocco which has always subjected any engagement in the negotiations to preconditions, and has always put obstacles to alter any progress toward a political solution that guarantees our right to self-determination, as it was underlined three times in the current resolution.

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United Nations Security Council resolution: Statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argelia

Algeria takes note of the new resolution on the Question of Western Sahara that the United Nations Security Council has just adopted.

It notes with great satisfaction that this resolution reaffirms, once more, with clarity, in its preamble and in its operative part, that there is no other solution to this conflict, than that which ensures the exercise by the people of the Sahara Western to its inalienable right to self-determination.

It can therefore only welcome the full support of the Security Council to the Secretary General and his Personal Envoy to revive, with a new dynamic and a new spirit, negotiations with a view to reaching a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.

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The UN renews the mission in Western Sahara for six months and urges to negotiate

ecodiario.- The UN Security Council today renewed the mission of the organization in Western Sahara (Minurso) for six months and urged Morocco and the Polisario Front to resume negotiations to end the conflict.

The decision is contained in a resolution adopted with twelve votes in favor and abstentions from Russia, China and Ethiopia, a document that calls for moving towards a “realistic, viable and durable” political solution for the people of the Spanish ex-colonial.

In addition, it asks the Polisario to withdraw “immediately” from the zone of separation in the Guerguerat area, in the south of Western Sahara; expresses concern over its plan to move administrative activities to Bir Lahlu, in the northeast; and asks it to refrain from this type of “destabilizing actions”.

According to the United States, promoter of the resolution, the central idea is to try to unblock the negotiations during the coming months, taking advantage of the efforts being made by the new UN envoy, the former German president Horst Köhler.

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The UN Security Council delayed its vote on Western Sahara

lavanguardia.com.- The UN Security Council will delay the vote of its annual resolution on Western Sahara, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, in order to try to iron out differences on the text, said today to Efe diplomatic sources.

Negotiations continue for the time being and the Council “is not yet ready to vote,” explained a Council diplomat who requested anonymity.

For now, a new date for the vote has not been established, which should be held in any case before the end of the month, when the mandate of the UN mission in Western Sahara (Minurso) expires.

In the text, in addition to extending the mission, the Security Council traditionally expresses its position on the latest developments on the ground and on the political process.

As every year, the United States is the country in charge of drafting the resolution, which is usually adopted by consensus.

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Morocco deployed powerful rocket launcher – the true face of the occupier

According to an article by Julio Sanz published on the website defensa.com, the long-range multiple rocket launchers of the Chinese company Norinco PHL 03 of the Royal Army of Morocco are one of its most secret materials.

Images taken by amateurs and published on social networks show the movement of a convoy of multiple rocket launchers or MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) PHLO3 of the Royal Army in the course of its transfer from the north, where they are usually positioned, to the south of the country.

One of the images shows two MLRS circulating on the highway linking Marrakech with the port city of Agadir and a second shows one of the PHL 03 in the latter city before entering the occupied territories of Western Sahara, the former Spanish Sahara, which Morocco invaded in November 1975.

According to the analysis of Sanz, It seems that the Moroccan army is hardening its tone against the Polisario Front’s attempt to install permanent camps in the liberated territories of Western Sahara, sending reinforcements to the territory, as was published by the Algerian media menadefensa.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Koehler

On April 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Western Sahara Horst Koehler, who arrived in Moscow on a working visit.

During the meeting, it was stressed that there are no alternatives to a political settlement of the Western Sahara problem in line with corresponding UN Security Council resolutions. It was pointed out the drafting of a mutually acceptable scheme for a settlement on Western Sahara would promote the general improvement of the situation in North Africa.

The Russian side expressed support for the mediatory efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his personal envoy, as well as for the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) and its key role in maintaining regional stability.

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United Nations denies Moroccos statement

At the press conference today, the UN Secretary-General spokeswoman denied the remarks of the Kingdom of Morocco of alleged Polisario Front’s movement in the buffer zone.

The spokesman confirmed that MINURSO did not register any military activity on the part of the Saharawi forces in this area.

Once again Morocco tries to create a confrontation as a method of obstructing the discussion of the United Nations Security Council and tries to blame the Polisario Front for violating the ceasefire agreement. This technique has already been used in the last two years.

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Colin Stewart, new head of MINURSO

United Nations – New York

Mr. Colin Stewart of Canada – Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Colin Stewart of Canada as his Special Representative for Western Sahara and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Mr. Stewart succeeds Kim Bolduc of Canada, who completed her assignment on 22 November 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful to Ms. Bolduc for her strong leadership and perseverance over the course of her tenure.

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IV Commission of the United Nations: Western Sahara, self-determination as only alternative

New York (SPS)

Algeria states “there is no other alternative than self-determination”

Algeria’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, Sabri Boukadoum, stated in his speech before the  Fourth Committee  that the decolonization of Western Sahara is “an urgent and crucial issue for the stability of the region,” and reiterated that “there is no alternative to the respect for the exercise the right to self-determination “.

“For Algeria, the resolution of the Western Sahara conflict is an urgent and crucial issue for the stability, progress and integration of the Maghreb,” said Boukadoum, before stating that it is “deplorable that in 2017 there are still 17 non-autonomous countries – outstanding of decolonization “.

The Algerian diplomat said that “the status of Western Sahara is unequivocal,” since it is a matter of “decolonization registered at the UN for over 50 years.”

“All the UN resolutions on Western Sahara adopted by the General Assembly and the Security Council affirm the unequivocal legal nature of the conflict as well as the application of the principle of self-determination,” Boukadoum said.

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4th UN Commission called to visit the occupied territories of Western Sahara

Isabel Lourenço

At the meeting of the Fourth Committee for the Decolonization of the United Nations, which took place between 3 and 6 October, Isabel Lourenço, collaborator of PUSL and member o Fundación Sahara Occidental, denounced the situation of the political prisoners and drew attention to the responsibility of the international community who with his silent complicity and inaction is responsible for the suffering of the Saharawi people.
After denouncing some of the crimes committed by the Kingdom of Morocco, she called for the visit of a mission of the 4th Commission to the occupied territories, as stipulated in the mandate of this body.

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