lIn a Note Verbal addressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho to its Saharawi counterpart on Tuesday, Lesotho rejected Moroccan allegations filled with false interpretations propagated by Morocco in various media regarding the position of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the issue of Western Sahara and its relations with the Sahrawi Republic.
The Moroccan media published last week articles in which they stated that “The kingdom of Lesotho is joining the growing cohort of formerly pro-Polisario countries poised to revise their stance on the Western Sahara territorial dispute, buttressing the reigning suggestion of a pro-Rabat momentum in the latest developments.”
Yesterday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho sent a Note verbale to the Foreign Minister of the Saharawi Arabe Democratic Republic reiterating its support to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and underscoring its commitment to the bilateral relations and cooperation that as stated in the text “have so happily subsisted between the two sister countries for decades”.
Once more Morocco resorts to lies and deceiption in a game that is far from the established “diplomacy” and easily proven false. The fact that the lies concerning supports to Moroccan occupation and withdrawel of support to the Saharawi people are always published without any evidence shows clearly the lack of respect of the Kingdom of Morocco towards it’s sister countries in the African continent.
Once more the lies published are in fact for internal consumption and propaganda effects in Morocco.
NOTE NO 3
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and with reference to the note addressed to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco on the position of the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho regarding the Status of Western Sahara, has the honour to inform the esteemed Ministry as follows:
1. The Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho reiterates its support to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and underscores its commitment to the bilateral relations and cooperation that have so happily subsisted between the two sister countries for decades.
2. The Kingdom of Lesotho and the SADR (Western Sahara), will continue to work towards strengthening their relations for the mutual benefit of their peoples and Countries.
3. Lesotho expresses its deep regret that the issue of Western Sahara continues to feature on the United Nations Decolonisation Agenda to date. Lesotho reiterates the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 40/50 of 02 December, 1985, in terms of which the Assembly affirmed the fact that the issue of Western Sahara was a question of decolonisation which remained to be completed on the basis of the exercise by the People of Western Sahara of their inalienable right to self-determination and independence.
4. Lesotho wishes to underscore the need for creating conditions that would allow the holding of a peaceful and fair referendum for the self-determination of the People of Western Sahara. In this connection, Lesotho welcomes the holding of the initial Round of Dialogue that took place in Geneva on 05 December, 2018, between the Frente Polisario and the Kingdom of Morocco, under the auspices of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Mr. Kohler Horst, pursuant to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2440 adopted on 31st October, 2018.