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

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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.

Regarding the role of the African Union in the conflict resolution process, the Algerian ambassador to the UN clarified that the AU managed to negotiate the ceasefire plan that ended 16 years of war and remains the only accepted peace plan for all the parts.

“The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 690 (1991) and decided to send a UN mission with the central mandate to organize and oversee a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara,” said Boukadoum, explaining that “R means  referendum” in his response to the Moroccan diplomat.

Finally, the head of the Algerian mission to the United Nations reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his special envoy for Western Sahara.

Panama supports a solution based on “self-determination of the people of Western Sahara”

The Panamanian delegation at the General Debate of the Fourth Committee on Decolonization expressed its strong support for a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution that provides for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara within the framework of provisions compatible with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations “.

In order to achieve this solution, Panama welcomes the report of the Secretary General (…) which highlights the need to overcome this conflict “so that the region can deal with economic and security threats.

In this regard, Panama reiterates its support for the resumption of negotiations between the parties to the conflict through the mediation of the new Special Envoy, Horst Kohler.

Finally, the Panamanian delegation expressed its country’s commitment to the efforts of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in the implementation of the decolonization of the 17 non-autonomous territories registered in the decolonization Committee.

Bolivia expresses its “firm commitment to support, in appropriate forums, the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic”

The Permanent Mission of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations expressed in the General Debate of the Fourth Committee (Decolonization) the “strong commitment to support, in the appropriate forums, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a nation we recognize as a sister nation and until now it is still seeking self-determination, ” said the representative of Bolivia to the UN.

The Plurinational State of Bolivia trusts that “through a negotiated process, a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution will take place that will lead to the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.”

In this sense, the Andean country is committed to the implementation of the resolutions of the international institutions, such as the Security Council and the General Assembly, regarding the Saharawi issue.

Finally, Bolivia expressed its clear support for the decolonization of all non-autonomous territories, pending the right to self-determination.