BIR LAHLOU – Saharawi Liberated Territories – APS
The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the Polisario Front welcomed, on Friday, the joint statement released by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), in which the two organizations reiterated their adherence to international legality in the Western Sahara.
The Polisario Front and the Saharawi Republic stated that the joint declaration made by the two organizations “in the current circumstances and three decades after the signing of both AU and UN peace agreements in 1991, underlines that a fair, and definitive permanent agreement cannot exist without the exercise of the Saharawi people to their inalienable right to self-determination and independence, in accordance with international law that classifies the issue of Western Sahara in its legal structure as a matter of decolonization.”
SADR and the Polisario Front welcomed the common position expressed in the declaration issued on Thursday by the AU and the UN, after the meeting of their coordination committees in the common framework for the promotion of peace and security.
The source indicated that the two organizations “highlighted their adherence to international legality as part of the efforts of the international community to decolonize Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa”.
Saharawi political leadership believes that the two organizations’ reaffirmation of their adherence to international legality is a “strong signal” at a time when France, in the Security Council and Spain, is trying to change the legal status of the Saharawi issue, in the act complicity with the Moroccan occupier ”.
The agency that collected the information said that the reaffirmation of international legality “contradicts the dark tunnel in which France is trying to introduce the UN-AU process, using Realpolitik terminology to confuse issues of decolonization and UN resolutions on the granting of independence from colonized countries and peoples, such as “realism”, “pragmatism” or “understanding”, which often hide objectives.
SADR President and General Secretary (SG) of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, informed the UN SG, Antonio Guterres, last week in Addis Ababa, that “the Saharawi side calls on the UN to work to allow the United Nations Mission United for the Referendum Organization in Western Sahara (MINURSO) fully fulfill its mission ”and added that the Saharawi side“ will no longer accept the fait accompli that the Moroccan occupier tries to maintain ”.
The UN and AU reiterated their attachment to the application of international law in Western Sahara in a joint statement that was made public at the end of its 18th consultative meeting on Tuesday in Addis Ababa. The two organizations encouraged the Polisario Front and Morocco to participate constructively and without preconditions in the political process that is already underway in the region, ”added the statement.