PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South African called today the UN to implement “without delay” the resolutions adopted in the framework of the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including those concerning the right to inalienable to the self-determination of the Saharawi people, reaffirming its support for the mediation efforts currently underway, by the personal envoy of the United Nations General Secretary, Horst Kohler, between the two parties in conflict, Morocco and the Polisario Front.
The speech of the South African President on the second day of the solidarity conference with the Saharawi people of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in Pretoria, reaffirmed the aid and his country’s support to the Saharawi and to the United Nations for “the prompt implementation of the resolutions on the settlement of the Western Sahara conflict, including that providing for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people”.
Ramaphosa assured that South Africa is available to facilitate the dialogue and bring the two countries back to the negotiating table, with a view to making Africa “a continent of stability and peace achieving the goals of the “Agenda 2063 of the African Union”.
“South Africa will never forget the Saharawi people and will always be with them” said the head of State.
In this spirit, he cited the commitment of the anti-apartheid campaigner and President of the African National Congress (ANC), Oliver Reginald Tambo (1917 – 1993), who had fought for the independence of his country, and whose the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs bears his name today.
President Ramaphosa recalled that Olivier Reginald had always recognized that it was thanks to international solidarity that South Africa had been able to free itself from the apartheid system and put an end to the domination of the occupation. He characterized the situation of the Saharawi people “as a humanitarian crisis, especially that of the Saharawi population living in refugee camps, considering it the longest crisis in the history of humanity… The situation of the Saharawi is a scourge in the human conscience.” , Ramaphosa stressed calling the UN and AU to act to end the suffering of the Saharawi people, who is “deprived of its right to freedom” despite the adoption of resolution 621 by the Security Council providing for the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people, through a referendum.